NCMA Subcontracting Updates

Subcontracting Fundamentals certificate course on the horizon.

By Samantha Williams, NCMA Senior Director, Learning 

NCMA is excited to announce that it will add a new certificate course to the Catalog: Subcontracting Fundamentals. Geared toward prime contractors managing subcontracts, the program will also have valuable context for subcontracting firms and agency buyers seeking insight into the nuances of the prime-sub relationship.

Topics include:

• Overview of the prime-subcontractor relationship
• Determining supply chain requirements (seller perspective)
• Sourcing subcontractors
• Teaming relationships and agreements
• Subcontract price analysis
• Intellectual property and data rights considerations
• Key subcontract flowdown clauses
• Prime-subcontractor most-negotiated terms and conditions
• Managing subcontract compliance
• Quality assurance
• Subcontract risk management
• Managing subcontract compliance
• Managing and mitigating risks in subcontract management
• Documentation and records retention
• Subcontract closeout
• And more!

Take the course virtually in four 2.5-hour segments. After the program, participants will earn a digital badge they can use to share their accomplishment.

Certificate courses are for contracting professionals looking to build their skills and advance their careers in specific topics related to the contract management profession. Also check the NCMA website at for the U.S. Federal Contracting Fundamentals and Cost and Pricing Fundamentals courses, which also earn digital badges.

Subcontracts Courtroom at World Congress

CMLDP alumnus Jessica Johnson and current CMLDP participant Madison Harrell are teaming up to bring a new kind of subcontracting session to this year’s World Congress in Seattle, July 21-26, 2024.

“People’s Court” fans will appreciate the session, “Subcontracts Courtroom: Mastering Subcontract and Teaming Negotiations.” With high drama and real-world situations, each group will define and present negotiation stances, mediated by seasoned arbitrators.

Attendees can expect to practice strategically drafting and negotiating contracts, applying issue resolution techniques, and communicating effectively with senior leadership, preparing them to tackle negotiation challenges back on the job.

Don’t miss this and all the exciting sessions cooked up by our amazing community!

Subcontract Flowdown Resources for Members

NCMA’s “Subcontract Management A to Z” book, authored by Jim Kirlin, CPCM, NCMA Fellow, includes a comprehensive flowdown tool that provides sets of FAR and DFARS mandatory flowdowns and other special interest flowdowns all in one place alongside their prescriptions and helpful comments. This essential tool is a new member benefit.

NCMA also has a free-to-member micro-learning course, “Government Subcontract Flowdowns, What Goes in and What Stays Out!” with quick tips for recognizing flowdown perspectives, using clause prescriptions and choosing a flowdown method to avoid throwing in the proverbial “kitchen sink.”

Check out all of these resources on the NCMA website at CM

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