Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Webinar Series: Federal Contracting for SMACNA Members

Feb 20, 2020

Ed DeLisleSMACNA has partnered with Edward DeLisle, Esq., Principal at Offit Kurman, for a free five-part webinar series that focuses on federal contracting work, how SMACNA members can secure and benefit from this available work, and to dispel some of the myths surrounding federal project contracts. 

According to DeLisle, “Many contractors shy away from working for the Federal Government because they think it’s too complicated. It’s not. Once a contractor understands how work is awarded, and where to find those opportunities, it’s not a heavy lift to learn the basics and open an entirely new revenue stream for your company.”

Registration for the first three webinars in this series is now open to all SMACNA Members. Please note that although all five of the webinars are related, you don’t have to attend all five to benefit from the information that will be presented. Please view the full schedule of dates and topics below to choose from, complete your registration, and reserve your seat today.

Recorded Webinars

Federal Procurement Overview
View the recorded webinar from March 18, 2020.

In this initial webinar, you will learn exactly how the Federal Government purchases goods and services with a specific focus on construction services purchasing. Through this presentation, you will gain an understanding of the rules that govern federal purchases and where you can go to locate these rules. Also, there will be an additional focus given on how you can find and secure available work opportunities for your firm.

Teaming and Joint Venturing in Federal Contracting
View the recorded webinar from April 22, 2020.

You don’t have to go it alone! This webinar will focus on the use of teaming and joint venturing as a strategy to secure government work. SMACNA Members will greatly benefit by learning how to use this practice, especially if they haven’t done so in the past.

Small Business Contracting
View the recorded webinar from June 18, 2020.

With numerous projects ranging from new construction to energy efficiency upgrades to full retrofits currently being decided upon by the federal government, this third webinar in our Federal Contracting Webinar series will focus on how your company can employ proven strategies to effectively navigate the complex federal government contracting system to take full advantage of the numerous work opportunities.

Construction Claims Involving the Federal Government
View the recorded webinar from November 10, 2020.

Unfortunately, the construction business is messy. There are lots of moving parts, which can lead to disputes and claims. If the construction contract you are performing involves the Federal Government, there are some additional considerations that come into play. This webinar will cover the federal claims process and strategies a company can employ to effectively navigate the system.

The Federal Protest Process

View the recorded webinar from December 10, 2020

Federal contracts offer benefits and challenges that differ from private contracts, and there may be opportunities for a disappointed bidder to protest the result. This webinar will cover that aforementioned process and the various options a contractor may have, depending upon the type of contracting vehicle the government is using.

Meet the Presenter

Edward DeLisle is an expert in federal contracting, construction law, construction litigation, and small business procurement and litigation. He has drafted and negotiated construction contracts, teaming agreements and joint venture agreements for subcontractors, contractors, developers, and owners. Additionally, Ed was the principal author of the SMACNA Guide to Federal Contracting which was released in 2019 and currently available for free to SMACNA members.

He has litigated, arbitrated, and mediated complex construction and procurement cases and has testified before congressional subcommittees. Ed is a frequent lecturer and author on issues of concern to the construction and federal contracting industries.

Ed has also lectured on how to appropriately team on federal projects, changes in the Small Business Administration's small business programs, effective project documentation, strategies to obtain payment on construction projects, and the legal protections provided by the bond and lien laws of various states.

Additionally, Ed was selected to the 2016 and 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers lists in the field of government contracts. In 2015, he was also selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in the field of construction litigation.