The Basics of Contracting with the Federal Government

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Tuesday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $150


Why Attend?

Many of your clients, large and small, do business with the federal government. But, the federal government is not your average commercial customer. Many contract terms that usually are determined by the mutual consent of the parties to a contract, as well as additional obligations and requirements, are mandated upon a government contractor by the Federal Acquisition Regulations and agency supplements to the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Join us for a fast-paced discussion about:

  • Contracting with the federal government generally
  • How government contracting affects a contractor’s required accounting
  • Legal requirements and compliance obligations of being a government contractor
  • How to protect your client’s intellectual property rights while contracting with the government

Each year, hundreds of billions of contract dollars are awarded to companies for a broad range of services and products. For those new to the government contracting business, there are many statutes and regulations that will impact their day-to-day business operations. This course will discuss the most commonly applicable statutes and regulations and identify potential pitfalls for a client seeking to do business with the government.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How to read a government contract and understand flowdowns
  • DCAA, DCMA, and accounting requirements
  • AAP, EEO, VETS, and other fun employment policies (and acronyms)
  • What do you mean, the government has rights in my IP?

Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.

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1:00 The Basics of Contracting with the Federal Government
2:45 Question-and-Answer Session
3:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 12:30 p.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.


11:00 The Basics of Contracting with the Federal Government
12:45 Question-and-Answer Session
1:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



James K. Cowan, Jr., CowanPerry PC / Blacksburg

Jim Cowan is the chairman of CowanPerry PC. His practice focuses on representing management in the full spectrum of labor and employment-related issues confronted by employers in today’s workplace, handling complex business litigation matters and representing property owners and developers on land use issues, and commercial real estate projects. He represents a wide range of employers, business owners, and developers in the region, ranging from high-tech start-ups to large manufacturers, and from local property owners to national developers.

Mr. Cowan has over twenty years of trial experience representing employers in non-compete litigation, myriad types of business and partnership disputes, and the waterfront of employment-related litigation, including employee benefits and ERISA claims.

Over the course of his career, he has represented companies in federal and state courts across Virginia in commercial litigation and in the defense of wrongful discharge claims, including disability, age, family medical leave, sexual harassment, race, and gender under the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981; and before the Virginia Supreme Court on appellate matters. Jim also represents employers before the NLRB, the EEOC, and the Virginia Employment Commission. Additionally, he specializes in the preparation of affirmative action plans and responding to OFCCP and other Department of Labor audits.

Mr. Cowan serves as general counsel to the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, and is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the New River Valley Society for Human Resource Management and New River Land Trust. He is a frequent speaker and corporate trainer, and an active member of the Virginia State Bar—Labor and Employment Section. He has been recognized repeatedly over ten years by “The Best Lawyers in America” (since 2006 to present); and as a Virginia “Super Lawyer” (Rising Star 2007–2009, and since 2010 to present). Additionally, he has been named to Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite.”

Amy P. Wheeler, CowanPerry PC / Blacksburg

Amy Wheeler focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and business law, intellectual property law, and commercial real estate transactions, and provides outside general counsel services to numerous clients. For over fifteen years, she has advised closely held entities on transactions as well as daily operations. Ms. Wheeler also has experience with healthcare regulatory compliance, government contracting, ITAR, and export control regulations.

In her corporate and business practice, Ms. Wheeler advises businesses in all types of transactions, including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, reorganizations, joint ventures, technology licensing, development collaborations, and supply and distribution relationships. She also assists with strategic decision making and formulating business and intellectual property strategies. Additionally, Ms. Wheeler is involved with resolving day-to-day legal issues for clients, and provides advice and oversees compliance-related matters.

In her real estate practice, Ms. Wheeler represents purchasers, developers, joint venture partners, and owners in negotiation and documentation of commercial lending and real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, construction loans, permanent financings, and senior credit facilities. She also works regularly with lessors and lessees in commercial leasing transactions.

Ms. Wheeler is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Bar of Tennessee, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Montgomery Radford Bar Association, the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council, and Women in Leadership (a New River Valley–based group that helps develop and support local executive and entrepreneurial women).

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