Essential FAR Performance Clauses for Federal Construction Contractors

Essential FAR Performance Clauses for Federal Construction Contractors

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording will be available on May 21st)
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Maria Panichelli, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel
NCMA Certifications: 1.5 CPEs
APTAC Certifications: 0.75 ATC (pending)
APTAC BOKC.1.1 Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), C.9 Bids and Solicitations, D.4 Construction Contracting

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

Federal government contractors are subject to immensely complex legal requirements, which govern how a company must perform its contract and deal with issues that arise during performance. Navigating these regulations while preserving your rights – and also staying on good terms with the government customer – can be extremely challenging.

Federal construction contracts, in particular, often involve any number of performance challenges, all of which are governed by specific FAR clauses. Understanding these provisions can make all the difference between a successful project and a disaster. A contractor who truly understands the FAR, and the obligations it imposes, can often avoid conflict with the agency, and resolve issues before they turn into disputes.

In this webinar, experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel will discuss several issues commonly arising in construction contracts, and the FAR clauses that govern these issues. Using real-life examples, Maria will walk attendees through how to deal with issues such as Changes, Differing Site Conditions, Defective Specifications, Delays and Suspensions, while complying with the FAR, and avoiding conflict with the government.

In this webinar, attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify “constructive” or implied changes
  • Understand and comply with notice requirements
  • Distinguish between types of differing site conditions
  • Understand the difference between design and performance specifications
  • Differentiate between delay, disruption, and inefficiency, acceleration and suspension

Target Audience: Construction firms pursuing federal government contracts

Meet Your Instructor:

Maria Panichelli

MARIA PANICHELLI is a partner and the Chair of the Government Contracting practice group at the law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP. She focuses her practice exclusively on federal government contracting and procurement, guiding her clients throughout the entire lifecycle of their federal contracts. She provides comprehensive legal counseling, which allows her clients to successfully navigate the complicated legal requirements related to federal contracting while still fulfilling their own business goals. 

 Maria’s practice includes pre- and post-award bid protests, contract interpretation and performance counseling, the preparation and negotiation of Requests for Equitable Adjustment and Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims, claims appeal litigation before the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit, statutory and regulatory compliance counseling, the negotiation of FAR-compliant subcontracts and the resolution of subcontractor disputes (including the negotiation of liquidating agreements, and the use of pass-through claims and Miller Act bond claims), and contract terminations. Maria also counsels clients regarding all aspects of small business procurement. She routinely assists clients with eligibility analyses and certifications, has successfully challenged negative agency findings with regard to clients’ SDVOSB, HUBZone and 8(a) eligibility, and has successfully defeated size and status protests brought by clients’ competitors. Maria has considerable experience drafting teaming and joint venture agreements, as well as helping clients navigate the SBA Mentor-protégé programs. She has represented a wide variety of government prime and subcontractors including construction contractors, information technology and information system contractors, medical staffing contractors, advisory and assistant services contractors, security contractors, dredging contractors, environmental remediation contractors, and suppliers. These clients are located, and work, both across the United States and abroad.  Maria has represented her clients before numerous federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Contract Boards of Appeals as well as the Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other state and federal courts.

Contact Info: You can contact Maria Panichelli by email (Maria.Panichelli@obermayer.com) or phone (215-665-3017). You can also follow Maria on Twitter: @MariaPanichelli and on LikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariapanichelli/.


May 14 2020


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 14 2020
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm