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Steven Meier is a member of the federal Senior Executive Service (SES) with 30+ years of federal and private industry experience in the civil, defense, and intelligence communities. Meier held executive level positions at NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office, and Lockheed Martin Corporation. He is currently the Director of the Naval Center for Space Technology at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. In addition to directing NCST’s personnel, finances, programs, and facilities, he serves as a national authority on space technology to the Navy, Department of Defense, aerospace industry, and NATO.

He has led highly diversified program portfolios valued at up to $350M+ and 950+ personnel focused on delivering innovative technologies from concept to operations for ground, air, and space platforms. Meier has created organization-wide technology strategy to guide investments for seamless transition of technologies between research and development to operations. He served on several independent evaluation teams and study panels that strengthened federal acquisition regulations, enhanced technology management practices, and developed organizational cost-effectiveness guidelines.

Meier is a recognized thought leader and keynote speaker with more than 40 peer reviewed publications and presentations, including in the areas of leadership, federal acquisition, technology management, organizational change, and project management. He earned a BS in physics from George Mason University, a MS in physics from the University of Southern California, a MS in electrical engineering with a concentration in applied physics from the University of California at San Diego, and a PhD in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He has graduate certificates in executive leadership and business administration from Georgetown University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) Level 3.

3 Credit(s)

As our Nation experiences federal budget pressures year after year, taxpayers and
lawmakers are focused on reducing government spending and obtaining the best
value for the procurement of goods and services.  With the federal government
spending close to $600B annually on goods and services it is essential that
contracting be handled in an efficient, effective, and accountable manner. This
course provides an introduction to the procurement and contracting processes
used by most federal agencies with specific emphasis on contract management
and the change control processes used to administer contracts. Participants in this
course will also develop an understanding of the key stages, reviews, and
milestones involved in leading a procurement activity to a successful outcome,
whether the contracting activity is building a satellite or deploying a new IT system.

This course reviews all aspects of federal government contracting, from the
development of solicitation to final close-out, within the context of the federal laws
and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Specific topics will include:
developing requirements; creating a scope of work; choosing and administering
the appropriate contract type; serving on a source selection panel; ethics;
negotiating the scope of work and intellectual property rights; conducting milestone
reviews; the consequences of changing requirements; transitioning technology and
services; and properly closing out a federal acquisition activity.

Students in this course will assume the role of a contract manager and will
complete projects and assignments with this mindset. Leadership attributes,
leading teams, and conflict resolution techniques will be examined as part of the
curriculum. Case studies will be based on the instructor’s experience in contract
management as well as articles from Harvard Business Review and other
journals. Participants will learn contract management, program management,
practical aspects of cost and schedule estimating, financial management, project
management, risk management, technology management, and team
management. At the end of this course, each participant will be armed with best
practices and tools to successfully manage federal contracts.
Schedule of Classes

Faculty: Steven Meier