Simplified Acquisition for CORs (2 Days)

FAC-COR Elective Training − All Levels

Course Perspective: Most CORs are familiar with processing and managing acquisitions using formal contracting procedures. Some assignments, though, involve small dollar service orders or commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) items to support their program. Here, the acquisition environment, including its rules and procedures, differ substantially. Mishandling such acquisitions as simply “smaller contracts” is unnecessarily burdensome, improper, and potentially illegal.

This course focuses on COR input to processing simplified acquisitions. It provides information and tools for preparing purchase requests, identifying the appropriate source, evaluating quotations, supporting negotiations, and managing performance. It focuses on understanding the unique rules and procedures for making legal and otherwise proper purchases. It also addresses special issues concerning independent contractor and private sector temporary arrangements, wage determinations, insurance applicability, transportation and delivery, and intellectual property.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:


  • Define “simplified acquisition” including applicable rules and procedures.

  • Prepare a COTS request and ensure environmental/Section 508 compliance.

  • Apply a template for preparing a non-COTS (service) requirement.

  • Ensure compliance with competition, small business, and Buy American constraints.

  • Comply with policies for insurance, security checks, private sector temporary and independent contractor arrangements, and intellectual property.

  • Describe the various simplified acquisition methods.

  • Identify when and how to use best value in simplified acquisitions.

  • Identify when and how to conduct negotiations in simplified acquisitions.

  • Differentiate the legal effect of a unilateral vs. a bilateral order.

  • Differentiate COTS from non-COTS terms and conditions.

  • Apply the government’s rights under common law to inspect and accept performance and address contract breach.

  • Define/apply shipping terms and resolve common transportation problems.

  • Apply purchasing payment terms and conditions.

  • Avoid potential protests and disputes.


Hours: 16 hours/CLPs are credited for completion of this course. Classroom hours are 8:30 – 4:30.