Intermediate Contract Property Management

This course is structured for the advanced property professional. It is expected that the adult learner attending this course has had a number of years of experience as a working property professional, is familiar and conversant with the field of Government property and the associated clauses and regulations. Though in this outline that material appears to be structured in a formal lecture presentation format nothing could be further from the truth! This class will be presented through critical incident analysis, case presentations and guided discussions to present further analysis and detailed discussion of current regulatory material and future implications for possible NEW changes on the horizon. Most of all there WILL be lively heated discussion and, as with all of Dr. Goetz’s classes, learning will never be boring!! If you’ve attended other classes before, you know that you will have fun as well as increasing the depth and breadth of your knowledge.

Lesson Title

The Changing Property Management Environment. Types of Property; and the Government Property Clauses.

  1. Types/Classifications of Government Property
  2. Application/Requirements and Implications of the Government Property Clauses
  3. Clausal Interactions and Solicitation Requirements for Contractors – What your contracts people need to know about property and what you need to tell them!

Lesson Title

Material Management; Special Tooling; Special Test Equipment; and Equipment.

  1. The FAR/DFARS rules for MATERIAL – Some helpmates for property control
    1. Receipt and Issue
    2. Work in Progress
    3. Record keeping requirements – What does it REALLY require?
  2. The key elements of the Material Management Accounting System. Plain English – What you can and cannot do!
  3. The policies and procedures for acquiring, using, record keeping and disposing of Special tooling; Special test equipment and Equipment.

Lesson Title

Equipment Acquisition; Property Management Systems (PMS); PMS Audit & Assessment

  1. The policies and procedures for acquisition, control, maintenance and use of Equipment. (OR – You’d better talk to your Capital Budget people before you buy that Computer!)
  2. Evaluation of a Property Control/Management System and the embedded Procedures.
  3. System Audit and Self Assessment, What do I do now?

Lesson Title

Voluntary Consensus Standards and Industry Leading Practices; Liability for the Loss, Damage or Destruction of Government Property. Disposition and Plant Clearance.

  1. What are Voluntary Consensus Standards and how are they applied as required by the new Government Property Clause.
  2. Contractor Liability for Loss, Theft, Damage or Destruction of Government Property. Beyond the GP Clauses! Loss of Progress Payments Inventory, Delivered End Items, Government Equipment on a base or installation, Ground and Flight Risk.
  3. The proper processing of Contractor Inventory for Disposal or Why does it take so long to get rid of scrap?
  4. Hazardous wastes and Demilitarization – Vexatious problems or a long standing requirement?

Through the case presentations, analysis of critical incidents and the study of case law and the regulations this class should provide the experienced property professional with the detailed insight and ability to analyze and resolve those troublesome Government property issues!

Methods of Instruction

Case Study presented by the Adult Learner, Critical Incident Analysis facilitated by the instructor and small Lectures and discussion are the primary methods of instruction. This allows for the greatest personalization of the instructional materials based upon the needs of the requesting organization. To allow for this personalized instruction, the maximum size of each class is limited to twenty (20) students.


An extensive up-to-date text is used covering all of the regulatory information necessary for this course.

Duration of Course

This course is four and one-half (4.5) days of classroom instruction. An average day consists of six (6) hours of classroom instruction and two (2) hours of homework assignments for the students and, as required, additional time will be spent in individualized consultations with the instructor.

The cost of this type of training/education is considered an allowable cost by a Contractor under a Government contract in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Part 31 – “Contract Cost Principles and Procedures,” specifically Part 31.205-44 – “Training and Education Costs.”