The purpose of this course is to ensure students are comfortable with procurement specific laws and concepts.
During this interactive course, learners begin to use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to navigate through this learning experience that includes reading, video, scenarios, and activities.
Richard Pennington, CPPO, C.P.M., J.D.
From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint, a nonprofit that assists state governments with cooperative procurements. Richard started his Air Force career as a B-52 pilot and later served as a judge advocate specializing in federal government contracting. At the time of his Air Force retirement, he was Chief of the Air Force Commercial Litigation Division. He then served as assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado and later practiced government contract law with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. He is a former director of the Colorado Division of Finance and Procurement and State Purchasing Director. Richard teaches NIGP’s Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing course. He has developed NIGP webinars on negotiation and information technology procurement. He writes legal columns for NIGP’s Government Procurement magazine and the National Contract Management Association’s publication, Contract Management magazine.
Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to:
-Identify, define, and apply legal terms, concepts, and principles in public procurement functions.
-Distinguish between legislation and regulations governing general procurement, budget and finance, federally funded contracting, and public works and other special procurements.
-Explain how the laws establish the rights and obligations of all parties.
-Recognize Organizational Conflicts of Interest.
-Examine the role of the attorney in public procurement and contrast it to the role of the procurement professional.
The course is comprised of 4 modules, each with lessons, and an overall course assessment. Duration is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Module 1: Understanding the Legal Environment of Public Procurement – 45 minutes
Students learn to identify and understand procurement specific laws and concepts.
Module 1 Introduction – 5 minutes
Essential Principles and Structure of the Legal System – 25 minutes
Procurement Codes and Other Relevant Legislation – 15 minutes
Module 2: Distinguish Between Legislation and Regulations – 30 minutes
Students learn to distinguish between various hierarchies of laws and regulations in order to understand which laws apply to a particular procurement.
Module 2 Introduction – 5 minutes
Public Works and A-E Selection – 15 minutes
Other Statutory and Administrative Laws – 10 minutes
Module 3: Other Procurement Legislation, Regulation, and Laws – 1 hour and 10 minutes
Students gain an understanding of the rights and obligations for contracting parties in procurement situations when certain laws take precedence over local regulations and practices.
Module 3 Introduction – 5 minutes
Cooperative Procurement Authority – 20 minutesResponsibility and Responsiveness – 20 minutes
Distinguishing Between Private and Public-Entity Contracts – 25 minutes
Module 4: Role of the Procurement Professional and Attorneys – 20 minutes
Students learn to understand their responsibilities as procurement professionals in relation to legal counsel.
Module 4 Introduction – 5 minutes
Role of the Procurement Professional and Attorneys – 15 minutes
Course Assessment: Legislation and Legal Environment