COR-340 (IT) : FAC-COR Level III for HHS IT Professionals (40 Hr.)

FAC-COR+ Program FAC-COR Level III HHS

COR-340 (IT)   |   5 Days (40 Hrs.)

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This 40-hour FAC-COR Level III certification course is designed specifically for Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) COR Professionals who are certified at FAC-COR Level II, and who need HHS’ specific 40 hours of additional training to qualify for FAC-COR Level III certification.

Course Overview

Educational Focus

This course prepares students for their roles as senior-level Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) by following HHS’ specific training requirements for FAC-COR Level III certification. The course assumes that students have already earned the 40 hours of basic COR training specified in the HHS FAC-COR Handbook, and that they require the following additional training:

HHS FAC-COR Level III Training RequirementRequired HoursIncluded in COR-340 (IT): FAC-COR Level III
Project / Program Management16checked
Risk Management8checked
Earned Value Management and Cost Estimating8checked
IT-based Acquisition Management8checked

Through the use of hands-on exercises and instructor-led discussion, the course focuses on many of the current challenges facing IT CORs, including:

  • Best practices for the acquisition of cloud services
  • Updates on current status and successes of the U.S. CIO’s 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management
  • Guidance on migrating from a traditional multi-year contracting lifecycle to the more modular cycles common to IT investments
  • Challenges of surveillance of software and system development efforts

ALTA™ Learning Methodology

In addition to lecture and Q&A, this class provides a true adult learning experience by utilizing various other teaching modalities:

  • Students practice the skills they are learning throughout the course through the use of various experiential, hands-on Exercises and Cases.
  • Students demonstrate their knowledge by creating and presenting personalized end-of-class Action Plans, which provide a structured path to quickly transfer classroom concepts to their work environments.

Who Should Attend

HHS CORs on IT projects seeking FAC-COR Level III certification who:

  • Have completed COR Refresher training, but sill need the 40 HHS-required hours listed in the table above

Training Requirements Addressed

HHS-specific FAC-COR Requirements

Created specifically for CORs pursuing their HHS FAC-COR Level III certification, this course comprehensively covers the following 40 hours of HHS-specific FAC-COR training:

HHS Training RequirementHoursIncluded in COR-340 (IT)
Project / Program Management16checked
Risk Management8checked
Earned Value Management and Cost Estimating8checked
IT-based Acquisition Management8checked

Course Topics & Modules

  • I. The Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR)
    • Definition of a COR
    • Role of a COR
    • FAC-COR Certification
  • II. Overview of IT-Specific Performance-Based Services Acquisition (PBSA)
    • Objectives of PBSA
    • Essential Elements of PBSA
    • Key documents used in PBSA
    • Seven Steps to effective PBSA
  • III. Overview of General Business Competencies and Aligned Skills for CORs
  • IV. Overview of Technical Competencies and Aligned Skills for CORs
  • V. Requirements Development Process
    • Identify, assess, and prioritize needs
    • Analyze materiel and non-materiel solutions
    • Develop Key Performance Parameters (KPPs), Thresholds, and Objectives
  • VI. Concept Selection Process
    • Conduct an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA)
    • Perform Net Present Value (NPV) analysis using OMB Circular A-94
    • Establish effective performance metrics
    • Develop a Technology Development Strategy (TDS)
  • VII. Core Project Management Concepts & Skills
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Network Schedule
    • Estimating Cost and Time
    • Resource Management
    • Risk Management
    • Performance Measurement Baseline
  • VIII. Total Ownership Cost
    • Optimize both Life Cycle Cost and Total Ownership Cost
  • IX. Risk and Opportunity Management
    • Plan, identify, analyze, respond to, and monitor risk
    • Use the WBS to identify and manage risk
    • Use qualitative and quantitative analysis of identified risks
    • Prioritize risks
    • Use the appropriate tools for decision-making with uncertainty
    • Determine appropriate response strategies
    • Track and manage risk events and responses
  • X. Key IT-Specific Acquisition Management Processes, Tools, and Techniques
    • Develop a contract approach
    • Prepare Requirements and supporting documents
    • Prepare and issue a Solicitation
    • Perform Source Selection
    • Administer an IT Contract
    • Understand various aspects of modern Federal IT contracting, including:
      • Best practices for the acquisition of cloud services
      • Updates on current status and successes of the U.S. CIO’s 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management
      • Guidance on migrating from a traditional multi-year contracting lifecycle to the more modular cycles common to IT investments
      • Challenges of surveillance of software and system development efforts
  • XI. IT Performance-Based Service Agreements
    • Implement Acquisition strategies, methods, and techniques that describe and communicate measurable outcomes rather than requiring specific performance processes
    • Understand techniques to promote the use of commercial services
    • Properly structure incentives that allow contractors to earn meaningful rewards when they deliver outstanding results
    • Review and approve a Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP)
  • XII. Earned Value Reporting and Cost Estimating
    • Cost Estimating
      • Utilize the appropriate methods, techniques, and analytical principles, including risk management and confidence bands to develop more accurate estimates to support Earned Value analysis
      • Utilize the appropriate methods, techniques, and analytical principles, including risk management and confidence bands to develop more accurate estimates to support Earned Value analysis
      • Analyze and accommodate risk and uncertainty in cost estimates
    • Prerequisites for effective EVM
      • Effective planning system (including good cost and schedule estimating)
      • Effective cost accounting system
      • Effective project control system (including timely and accurate work status)
  • XIII. Implementing and Using EVM Reporting and Analysis
    • Use Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) to confirm/validate program planning and estimating
    • Analyze Earned Value metrics and indicators of acceptable and unacceptable performance
  • XIV. Individual Action Plan Presentation and Discussion
    • Finalize individual Action Plans (45 minutes)
    • Present and discuss Action Plans within student work groups

Training Hours/Credits Earned

Standard Class Hours
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Credits Earned
40 CLPs
40 PDUs (Course approved by PMI® and is eligible for PDU credit)
4.0 CEUs

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