Contacting the Contracting Officer

Contacting the Contracting Officer

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording available on January 22nd)
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Dr. James Phillips
NCMA Certifications: 1.5 CPEs
APTAC Certifications: 0.75 ATC
APTAC BOK: C.13 Post Award Administration, C.9 Bids and Solicitations

*Your registration includes access to the on-demand recording.

This webinar reflects on the critical roles that the seller and the buyer have in contractual relationships within the US Federal government. For the Government (buyer), ONLY the Contracting Officer has the authority to change, amend, modify, or even cancel a properly executed contract. While this may not be true for a seller and non-Governmental buyers, it is true for the US Government. Accordingly, contacting a contracting officer must be purposeful, at least at first. There are times when a contracting officer may speak to you about a solicitation and the times when they can’t. This course discusses such contact.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to identify the only person in the US Government that has the authority to change, modify, amend, or cancel a government contract
  • The three formal types of exchanges with a Contracting Officer
  • The differences between formal and informal exchanges
  • The different modes of contact with a Contracting Officer
  • The authority that a Contracting Officer has 

Target Audience: Contract managers, product/service team members, sales and marketing persons, and anyone involved in the acquisition of goods and services. This webinar is particularly valuable to those who are new to the US Federal contracting or other public systems.

Meet Your Instructor:

Dr. James Phillips

Dr. JAMES N. PHILLIPS Jr., PMP, CFCM, NCMA Fellow, is a contracting practitioner with over 25 years of professional acquisition experience. His experience includes serving as the Managing Consultant for Phillips Training and Consulting Inc.; Intermittent Professor of Contracting for the DAU; Acquisition Chief, Department of VA Affairs National Center for Patient Safety; Contracting Officer for Dept of VA, and Termination Contracting Officer at DCMA.

Dr. Phillips has over 50 articles published in a variety of media, print and online, such as: Contract Management, Defense Acquisition, Federal Manager, The Lean Post, Journal of Healthcare Contracting, GovernmentCIO, as well as his LinkedIn articles. His most recent publications include “Simulation and Scenario Based Training” in Defense Acquisition; “Salient Characteristics” in Contract Management;  “Instruction, Direction, and Correction: Managing and Inspiring Today’s Acquisition Professional” in Defense Acquisition; and “Sound Business Judgment, the foundation of contracting professionalism” in Contract Management. Jim has authored two books, The COR Member of the Acquisition Team: The Contracting Office’s Representative’s Guide to Performance and Quality and Understanding Solicitations and Preparing Proposals.


Jan 16 2020


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jan 16 2020
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm