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Government Contract Management Certificate Program

The Government Contract Management Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and understanding of government contract acquisition and management. The program is designed for those new to government contracting, as well as current contract administrators and managers responsible for government contracting projects with a desire to advance in their career.

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Government Contract Management Certificate
Course Schedule

Fall Class Begins September 7, 2018

Students meet each Friday from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm for 10 weeks.
(September 7 - November 9)

Meetings occur on campus at the Meinders School of Business in Room 120.

Course Descriptions

Fall 2018 Syllabus

Fundamentals of Government Contracting

Introduction to government contracting, providing information needed to understand procurement from acquisition planning through contract closeout. The course will give you additional basic insight into the requirements to become a Program Manager. In addition, this course covers Quality Control Compliance Issues and Logistics and Procurement.

Government Contract Law

Legal principles involved in government contracts. The course will review the fundamental principles of common law, statutes, regulations and policy as interpreted by the courts. It also introduces the legal foundations and source of law relevant to the procurement process. You’ll get an analysis of issues that may develop during the various phases of a contract, including subcontracting considerations, protests, inspection and acceptance, fraud, and contract termination.

Principles of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) & Financial Analysis

Provides a detailed explanation and analysis of several FAR standards and tests applied to contracting decisions.

Federal Acquisition Planning and Strategy

Gain an in-depth understanding of contract structure, strategy, and analysis of pricing. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the proposal preparation process including the writing and pricing concepts. Additional knowledge areas of study include proposal submission, negotiations, source selection, and insight into government contract awards and GAO processes for protest of awards.

Small and Minority Owned Business and Government Contracting

Learn the importance of small and minority owned businesses in government contracting and as MBEs. You will gain the understanding of how to form a small or minority business, become familiar with the SBA, DOD, and other government agency requirements for forming and operating a small or minority business to secure government subcontracts or primes contracts. The course will cover SBA Regulation, the applicable Code of Federal Regulations, FARs, interpretations, Mentor-Protégé’ options, contract set asides, the procurement process, registration, payment, NAISC Issues, and value of commercial MBE contract opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites are not required.

  • Enrollment is open to all students and professionals interested in learning more about government contracting, acquisition, and management.
  • The curriculum consists of five courses. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded a certificate.

Tuition is $1,000 plus books for the entire certificate program.

Meet our Faculty

Sonja Watts

Sonja is currently employed at the Federal Aviation Administration Mike Monroney Aeronautical Logistics Center in Oklahoma City. Her background includes serving as a Contracting Officer, Management and Program Analyst, and Contracting Officer Representative for the FAA and Department of Defense at Tinker AFB. Sonja holds the highest Level III Certification for both Acquisition and a Contracting Officer Representative.

Sonja held an Unlimited Contracting Warrant and worked multiple multi-million dollar acquisitions and contract management. Programs and acquisitions include: IT Software and Support Services, Engine Overhaul & Repair, Aircraft & Missile Program Support, MRO & Supply Chain Programs. She has also managed several small businesses in the private sector.

She is currently responsible for managing the ISG Information Systems Group Service Orders, Financial Planning, Software and Equipment Purchases and Renewals, and Contract Management. Sonja has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from the University of Maryland, with a Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma with a focus in Organization Communication and Organization Change & Development. She holds a CFCM Certification from NCMA National Contracts Management Association on Federal Acquisition Regulations. Sonja has over 20 years of experience in Contracting and Contract Management.

Ann Long

Ann is currently employed by Devon Energy where she is working as a program manager in two of the company’s top five corporate objective areas. Prior to joining Devon, she was at the Federal Aviation Administration Logistics Center managing an enterprise resource planning software implementation program modernizing a portion of the Agency’s supply chain. This involved managing a project team of nearly 50 government full time project team members and subject matter experts with a $70 million dollar program budget. Prior to her FAA assignment, Ann worked with a leading Oklahoma City-based car rental agency, one of the Oklahoma state agencies, and one of the leading wholesale food distribution companies in the country, also Oklahoma City-based. During the past decade Ann served as director of membership, president, and past president of the PMI OKC board of directors.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development from the Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Level 3 federal acquisition certification for program and project managers. She has served as an instructor for the PMP Prep course at Oklahoma City University since 2003 and was the Lead Instructor from 2007 to 2011.

Phil Busey

Mr. Busey, born in Oklahoma City, is a member of both the Cherokee Nation and the Delaware Tribes. Professionally, Busey is an AV rated attorney as well as the Chairman and CEO of the Busey Group of Companies and Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC (DRG).

Busey attended Oklahoma City University for both his undergraduate studies and his law degree. He played baseball at OCU and graduated in 1974 with a B.A. Busey went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University Law School in 1977.

Busey practiced law regionally and nationally for 25 years. His expertise is in Native American, commercial, corporate, government, public finance and contracting law. For the first 17 years of his practice he represented large regional financial institutions. During this time, he documented over $1 billion of commercial loans and acted as counsel on over $1 billion of public finance bond issues.

After years of serving as shareholder with several large firms and an executive with regional commercial companies, he established the Busey Group of Companies in 2000 and DRG in 2002. Principally focused on aerospace and defense, the companies have continued to grow and expand under his leadership.

As evidence of this growth and expansion, DRG has become one of the largest defense contractors based in the region. The company provides training, courseware development, distance learning capabilities and simulator maintenance services to modern military aircraft and surveillance and radar systems. DRG, built on a culture of integrity and performance, serves as the prime contractor for several major USAF programs and partners with many Fortune 500 defense contractors supporting some of the most advanced military aircraft and radar surveillance programs in the world. DRG annually trains over 30,000 military pilots and mission crewmembers.

Busey was honored to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration Oklahoma Business Person of the Year in 2010.

Busey has contributed to the academic community as well, serving as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University’s School of Law and Meinders School of Business. He has been a moderator or speaker at over 100 CLE and business seminars and has served as a professorial lecturer at American University in Washington, D.C.

Busey has been married over 30 years and has three grown children and three grandchildren. He serves on several boards of directors and is active in civic and church organizations.

Contact Information

Melissa Cory
Director of Professional Education
(405) 208-5540

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