Government Contracting CLE

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    An Overview of Government Contracting

    The processes by which the United States government acquires goods, services, and property are known as government procurement. In 2020, the United States federal government spent more than $652 billion on contracts and $970 billion on grants. The size of the government contract market is enormous, and the process of applying for and receiving government contracts is complex.

    Navigating the government procurement process requires expertise unique from traditional contract law. Valid government contracts are subject to the same foundational requirements as private-sector contracts; for example, a government contract must have an offer, an acceptance, mutuality, and consideration. However, government contracts are also subject to numerous statutes, regulations, and policies that do not apply to private sector contracts. 

    The primary regulation affecting government contracts is the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). FAR outlines the procurement process and details the language that is required in government contracts.  The federal government gives the title of “Contracting Officer” to those who have the authority to contractually bind the government. Under FAR, the responsibilities of a Contracting Officer include “ensuring performance of all necessary actions for effective contracting, ensuring compliance with the terms of the contract, and safeguarding the interests of the United States in its contractual relationships.

    Executive agencies also issue their own regulatory supplements to the FAR. The most prominent of these supplements is the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). Government contract claims are subject to the Contract Disputes Act, which establishes a system for resolving disputes between a contractor and a procuring agency.

    Who Should Take CLE Courses in Government Contracting?

    Any attorney who has clients that maintain contracts with the government must stay abreast of the latest developments in government contracts. Because numerous agencies produce their own supplements to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, there are immeasurable laws and rules in place relevant to government contracts. Additionally, new executive orders are issued every year that affect the process for procuring government contracts. The most efficient and effective way to stay on top of this labyrinth of regulations is to sign up for a CLE course in government contracts. Attorneys within government agencies can also benefit from better understanding the process by which their agency awards contracts.