This course is a survey of the basic principles and everyday practice of government procurement, including the powers and limitations on the government when it is contracting and the respective roles of Congress, the Executive Branch, and the courts. The course will cover contract formation, administration, and litigation. It will look at how these items differ from contracting in the private sector. The course will also touch on the political and policy goals of federal contracting. Finally, it will discuss fiscal law, the appropriations process, procurement fraud and ethics in government contracting. The course will be particularly useful for (1) lawyers who want to work for government agencies; and (2) lawyers whose clients are federal contractors or work with such contractors.
This is an elective course.