Government Construction Contracting: Advanced Strategies for Primes and Subcontractors

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, October 4, 2019

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE webinar will provide construction counsel with practical guidance on the most common problem areas encountered in federal government construction contracts. The panel will discuss not only general construction matters as they relate to the government procurement process but also cover specific performance issues, including inspections and warranties, delays and acceleration, dollar recovery, changes in the work, cost and pricing data requirements, contract terminations, remedies, and other essential matters to successfully obtain, manage, and complete government construction contracts.


A marked increase in federal procurement spending during the past two years has fueled a surge in federal government contracting opportunities. The federal government has been the world's largest consumer of construction services, and the risks of nonpayment have always been very low. For this reason, many contractors are getting involved in federal construction or expanding their business dedicated to federal contracting. But contracting with the federal government and working with other construction contractors involves unique risks and uncertainties.

Construction practitioners advising clients on government contracts must grasp the detailed government regulations that govern almost every aspect of construction contracting, from procurement of the services to final payment under the agreement. The regulations also address the standard contract clauses that provide for a reasonable allocation of risk between the government and the contractor--and detail compliance and the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse.

Savvy counsel must grasp general construction concepts as they relate to the government procurement process, including the specifics of inspections and warranties, delays and acceleration, dollar recovery, changes in the work, cost and pricing data requirements, contract terminations, and remedies.

Listen as our authoritative panel of veteran government contract attorneys identifies innovative strategies and provides practical guidance in navigating the government construction contracting environment. The panel will highlight recent developments, explain the unique contractual obligations and legal risks of contracting with the government, and provide best practices for ensuring contract compliance and mitigating client risk.



  1. Overview
  2. Methods of acquiring construction
  3. Remedies of unsuccessful offerors
  4. Contract performance and specifications
  5. Inspections, acceptance, warranties
  6. Changes and differing site conditions
  7. Time delay, suspension, and acceleration
  8. Terminations
  9. Claims and disputes


The panel will review these and other critical issues:

  • Which provisions make federal construction contracts unique?
  • What are best practices for complying with applicable regulations and contract provisions?
  • What are the steps for effectively setting up construction projects?
  • How should contractors organize resources, including labor, materials, and scheduling?
  • For construction contractors, what are the most important provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation?


Burwood, Jonathan
Jonathan C. Burwood

Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald

Mr. Burwood focuses his practice primarily in the areas of surety bond, construction, environmental, and commercial...  |  Read More

Colon, Y. Lisa
Y. Lisa Colon

Smith Currie & Hancock

Ms. Colon represents owners, contractors and subcontractors, design professionals, and sureties in public and private...  |  Read More

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