Thompson Government Contracting

Fun with the Far

Being awarded a federal contract also means complying with laws and regulations unique to federal contractors. Fun with the FAR is designed to make the Federal Acquisition Regulation approachable.

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$2495.00 FUN with the FARSM Season 5 (Event Registration)
Webinar Details

Duration: 90 minutes
Time: 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT/10:00 am MT/9:00 am PT


26 Sessions from October 4, 2017 to September 12, 2018

Covering each Part of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and created to make the FAR approachable and thought provoking for contracting professionals at all levels. All sessions will be recorded and accessible as a podcast throughout the year.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is a complex set of rules governing the federal government's purchasing process. Its purpose is to ensure purchasing procedures are standard, consistent and conducted in a fair and impartial manner. To accomplish this, it is critical for contracting professionals in the government and private sector to have a working knowledge of the source document—the FAR. Ignorance of the rules can lead to costly and undesirable outcomes. This webinar is designed to teach government and private sector contracting professionals techniques to efficiently and effectively maneuver through the extensive number of clauses and provisions in order to select the right clauses and correct procedures applicable to their contract

An extra 10-to-15 minute period has been reserved at the end of every show for an interactive question-and-answer session so you can discuss specific issues or gain additional knowledge about topics discussed. 

Miss a Session? Don’t Worry! All sessions will be recorded and accessible as podcasts throughout the year. It’s never too late to go back and watch other sessions!

Receive a complimentary copy of the FAR Desk Reference Manual with your purchase of the entire series.

Interactive & Content Rich

  • Class will be taught through a dynamic dialogue with guests and students in a unique radio show format.
  • Instructors will be prepared to enlighten and entertain you with FUN FAR FACTS (including answers to "Do I Really Have to Do That?") and answer your questions throughout the show.
  • No Power Points — Go straight to the source! The only material needed for this training is a copy of the FAR that we will provide as a part of this series (we want you to take notes in it along the way).


  • Attend the show in person, by Live Webinar or
  • Listen to the Podcast of the show anytime 
  • All sessions are recorded, so you can always go back and watch any presentation that you missed!

Efficient & Cost Effective

  • Share the experience — schedule as a staff meeting for all to join. High Quality Low Cost Training for your TEAM!


  • Come join PCI's most gregarious FAR guru and his frequent guests experts as they journey through the FAR in a fun and at times irreverent manner. Audience participation will be highly encouraged and generously rewarded with prizes such as Starbucks gift cards given out on every show.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to navigate the FAR to work effectively and efficiently in the acquisition of supplies, services and construction.
  • Obtain a thorough working knowledge of how to research, interpret and apply the rules correctly.
  • Understand why knowledge of the regulations is so critical to the success of each acquisition and contract
  • Gain confidence and familiarity with every section of the FAR to:
  • select the right clauses.
  • identify the correct procedures to get the best possible contract and remain in compliance.
  • Learn best in class acquisition and contracting methods.
  • And much, much more!

Schedule for FUN with the FAR Season 5
Each session will run from 12:00 - 1:30pm (ET). Generally sessions are spaced out every two weeks. Those sessions marked in blue are spaced closer together or include an extra week off

October 4: Part 1 (Federal Acquisition Regulations System) & Part 2 (Definitions of Words & Terms)

October 18: Part 3 (Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of Interest) & Part 9 (Contractor Qualifications)

November 1: Part 5 (Publicizing Contract Actions) & Part 6 (Competition Requirements)

November 15: Part 7 (Acquisition Planning), Part 10 (Market Research), & Part 11 (Describing Agency Needs)

November 29: Part 8 (Required Sources of Supplies and Services), Part 38 (Federal Supply Schedule Contracting), Part 39 (Acquisition Information Technology), & Part 51 (special focus on Contractors Placing Orders under Federal Supply Schedules)

December 6: Part 4 (Administrative Matters) & Part 24 (Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Information)

December 20: Part 12 (Acquisition of Commercial Items) & Part 13 (Simplified Acquisition Procedures)

January 3: Part 14 (Sealed Bidding)

January 17: Part 15 (Contracting by Negotiation)

January 31: Part 15 (Contracting by Negotiation (special focus on Subpart 15.4 Contract Pricing)

February 14: Part 16 (Types of Contracts)

February 28: Part 17 (Special Contracting Methods) & Part 18 (Emergency Acquisitions)

March 14: Part 19 (Small Business Programs) & Part 26 (Other Socioeconomic Programs)

March 28: Part 22 (Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisitions) & Part 23 (Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace)

April 11: Part 25 (Foreign Acquisition)

April 25: Part 27 (Patents, Data, and Copyrights)

May 9: Part 28 (Bonds and Insurance) & Part 29 (Taxes)

May 23: Part 30 (Cost Accounting Standards Administration), Part 31 (Contract Cost Principles and Procedures), & Part 32 (Contract Financing)

June 6: Part 33 (Protests, Disputes, and Appeals)

June 20: Part 34 (Major System Acquisition) & Part 35 (Research and Development Contracting)

July 11: Part 36 (Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts), Part 37 (Service Contracting), Part 41 (Acquisition of Utility Services), & Part 48 (Value Engineering)

July 25: Part 42 (Contract Administration and Audit Services) & Part 43 (Contract Modifications)

August 8: Part 44 (Subcontracting Policies and Procedures)

August 22: Part 45 (Government Property), Part 46 (Quality Assurance), & Part 47 (Transportation)

September 5: Part 49 (Terminations of Contracts)

September 19: Part 50 (Extraordinary Contractual Actions and the Safety Act), Part 51 (Use of Government Sources by Contractors), & Part 52 (Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses)

Authors and Editors

Stephen Daoust
Stephen Daoust currently is the Vice President Legal, Contracts and Compliance, Iridium Satellite LLC. Throughout his 25 year career, Steve has worked as a Chief Government Contracts Counsel, Director of Contracts, and Chief Compliance Officer for both publicly traded companies like Iridium and Affiliated Computer Services and large accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was asked on a daily basis to provide expert advice and counsel on the negotiation and administration of contracts with federal, state, and local governments as well as international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. Steve also practiced law for seven years in the Washington, D.C. office of McKenna & Cuneo in the areas of government procurement, compliance and complex litigation, representing the firm's Fortune 50 clientele in litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Army Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Steve began his government contracts career working with lawyers in the Army Judge Advocate General's Office assigned to the Defense Supply Service — Washington contracts organization.

Steve has written and has provided extensive training materials to corporate audiences on topics involving, marketing and selling services to the Federal Government, federal outsourcing, ethics and compliance, business management, commercial contracting practices, mergers and acquisitions of federal contractors, GSA multiple award schedule contracts, TINA, contract claims, insider trading, anti-trust, organizational conflicts of interest, teaming agreements, effective review of government solicitations, drafting effective solicitation questions, and sexual harassment/discrimination and has authored an article for the National Contract Management Association entitled "Partnering with the Federal Government - A Contractor's Perspective." Steve is an active member of the American Bar Association's Public Contract Law Section and the Washington Metropolitan Association for Corporate Counsel of America. Steve received his B.S. degree cum laude in the field of political science at American University and earned his Juris Doctorate at The George Washington University National Law Center.

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