COR-380B : FAC-COR+ Level III for HHS Professionals (Week 2)

FAC-COR+ Program FAC-COR Level III HHS

COR-380B   |   5 Days (40 Hrs.)

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Course Overview

This course represents the first week of an 80-hour course that will prepare HHS students for their roles as senior-level Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs), by following HHS’ training requirements for FAC-COR Level III certification. This 2-week course will include best practices, exercises, cases, assessment tools, and other hands-on training in the following topic areas:

  • Basic COR competencies (COR-380A / COR-380B)
  • Acquisition (COR-380B)
  • Project / Program Management (COR-380A)
  • Risk Management (COR-380A)
  • Earned Value Management (EVM) (COR-380B)

This course, combined with COR-380A: FAC-COR Level III for HHS Professionals (Week 1), enables students to simultaneously earn credit toward their Mid-level FAC-P/PM certifications as they work toward their FAC-COR Level III certifications. This equates to 80 of the HHS senior-level COR student’s required 96 training hours, PLUS a full 7 of 12 days required to complete the FAC Academy’s entire Mid-level FAC-P/PM training program.

Who Should Attend

HHS Professionals seeking FAC-COR Level III certification who:

  • Who have not yet completed a 40-hour COR Refresher course (within 2 year CLP period)
  • Who need 80 hours of required training per HHS policy

Competencies Addressed

FAC-COR Competencies

This course covers all Competencies in detail.

Professional Business CompetenciesIncludedTechnical CompetenciesIncluded
1. Attention to Detailchecked1. Acquisition Planningchecked
2. Decision-Makingchecked2. Market Research (Understanding the Marketplace)checked
3. Flexibilitychecked3. Defining Government Requirementschecked
4. Influencing / Negotiatingchecked4. Effective Pre-Award Communicationchecked
5. Integrity / Honestychecked5. Proposal Evaluationchecked
6. Interpersonal Skillschecked6. Contract Negotiationchecked
7. Oral communicationchecked7. Contract Administration Managementchecked
8. Planning and Evaluatingchecked8. Effective Inspection & Acceptancechecked
9. Problem Solvingchecked9. Contract Quality Assurance & Evaluationchecked
10. Project Managementchecked10. Contract Closeoutchecked
11. Reasoningchecked11. Contract Reportingchecked
12. Self-Management / Initiativechecked12. Business Acumen & Communicationchecked
13. Teamworkchecked  
14. Writingchecked  

FAC-P/PM Competencies

This combined 80-hour course covers all FAC-P/PM learning objectives for the following Mid-level FAC-P/PM Competencies:

  • Competency #1: Requirements Development and Management Process (COR-380A)
  • Competency #2: Systems Engineering (COR-380A)
  • Competency #3: Test and Evaluation (COR-380A)
  • Competency #4: Life Cycle Logistics (COR-380A)
  • Competency #5: Contracting (COR-380B)

Course Topics & Modules

COR-380B: Week 2

  • I. Legal Foundations for Government Contracting
    • Definitions and key terms
    • Procurement integrity mandates
    • Contracting authority and limitations of authority from the U.S. Constitution to the Agency Head, the Contracting Officer, and the COR
    • Responsibilities of the COR
  • II. Basic Contracting Activities
    • Overview of the 9 things you must do “right” to have an effective contracting process (#1 and #2 discussed in Cost Estimating course)
  • III. The “Right” Requirement (Doing the “right” thing”)
    • Key Performance Parameters
    • Market Research
    • Attributes of a Well-Defined Requirement
    • Case Study, Part 1 – The Right Requirement
  • IV. Acquisition Planning per FAR Part 7 (Doing things the “right” way)
    • Acquisition background and objectives
    • Plan of Action
    • Other acquisition planning concerns
      • Documenting the source
      • Methods of payment
      • Contract financing
      • Contract type
      • Recurring requirements/strategic planning
  • V. The “Right” Type of Competition
    • Full and Open competition
    • Full and Open competition after exclusion of sources (set-asides)
    • Other than Full and Open competition
  • VI. The “Right” Contracting Method
    • Federal Supply Schedules
    • Commercial contracts (FAR Part 12)
    • Simplified Acquisitions (FAR Part 13)
    • Sealed Bid (FAR Part 14)
    • Competitive Negotiation (FAR Part 15)
    • Reverse Auction
    • Sole Source (FAR Part 6)
  • VII. The “Right” Choice of Contractor
    • Determining the Competitive Range
    • Responsive and Responsible offerors
    • Exchanges (communications) with offerors
    • Proposal evaluation (scoring the proposals to determine “Best Value”)
    • Case Study, Part 2 – The Right contracting method / competition
  • VIII. The “Right” Price
    • Price analysis
    • Cost (and profit) analysis
    • Certified Cost of Pricing Data
  • IX. Negotiation
  • X. The “Right” Type of Contract (pricing arrangement)
    • Characteristics of Cost Reimbursement and Fixed-Price contracts
    • Factors in selecting the “right” type of contract
    • Different variants of Cost Reimbursement and Fixed-Price contracts
    • Risk distribution of different types of contracts
    • Different types of Incentive Contracts and how they work (FPI(F), CPIF, CPAF, FPAF, CPAT, T&M)
    • Choosing the right incentives and the amount of incentive to offer
    • Case Study, Part 3 – The Right contractor / type of contract / and price
  • XI. The “Right” Type of Contract Management (post-award COR activities)
    • Contract Administration (FAR Part 42)
    • Contract Modifications (FAR Part 43)
    • Subcontract Management (FAR Part 44)
    • Quality Assurance (FAR Part 46)
    • Value Engineering (FAR Part 48)
    • Terminations (FAR Part 49)
  • XII. Earned Value Reporting and Analysis
    • 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
      • 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)
      • Use Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) to confirm/validate program planning and estimating
      • Analyze Earned Value metrics and indicators of acceptable and unacceptable performance
  • XIII. Individual Action Plan Presentation and Discussion
    • Finalize individual Action Plans
    • 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 (For Each Week)
40 CLPs
40 PDUs (Course approved by PMI® and is eligible for PDU credit)
4.0 CEUs

Total Credits Earned (For Both Weeks)
80 CLPs
80 PDUs (Course approved by PMI® and is eligible for PDU credit)
8.0 CEUs

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