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Neal J. Couture, CPCM, CAE
Director, Government Procurement Law and Business Programs
202-994-2693
ncouture@gwu.edu

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Master of Science in Government Contracts

Where Government Intersects Business

Managing the United States Government is big business. Huge in fact. With annual procurement spending of more than $520 billion annually, the Federal Government's procurement policies and practices face intense scrutiny from the Congress, the media, and the public. For agency employees involved in the acquisition process - whether determining procurement requirements, managing appropriated funds, overseeing contractor performance, managing programs or projects, or negotiating and administering contracts - there has never been more pressure to get it right.

For companies' intent on selling to the Government, the complexities of doing so have never been greater. With a myriad of compliance requirements and an environment of intense oversight and arms-length relations with agencies, contractors face everything from having their proposals not considered for failing to comply with complex submission instructions, to fines and penalties for violating labor law requirements, to having their contracts terminated for failing to perform as promised, to being suspended or debarred for the illegal actions of one of their employees. In a time when the success and health of the entire company depends upon the actions of a single employee, it is essential that companies ensure their employees understand the federal acquisition risk environment, know the rules, and execute their contractual obligations flawlessly.


Intersection of Government Procurement Law and Business

GW's new Master of Science in Government Contracts (MSGC) program is unique in the world - blending the study of government procurement law and policy taught by the Law School, with a core business curriculum taught by the School of Business. The program is designed to give working professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the world of Federal acquisition, and is intended for professionals from a variety of acquisition-related jobs in both Government and private industry.

Built upon the Law School's world-renowned Government Procurement Law program, with more than fifty years of educating successful government procurement lawyers and professionals, this unique program blends the study of government procurement law with a grounding in sound business principles. The innovative curriculum balances practice and theory, developing the skills that acquisition professionals need to become effective professionals, managers and leaders.

The only one of its kind in the United States, the Government Procurement Law program was established in 1960 by Professors Emeritus Ralph C. Nash, Jr. and John Cibinic, Jr. The program brings with it unparalleled faculty resources, course offerings, and professional development opportunities. The program's faculty and leadership - led by Associate Dean Daniel I. Gordon, and Professors Steven Schooner, Christopher Yukins, and Joshua Schwartz - are recognized as thought leaders in government procurement, and offer students many years of experience in the federal government, private sector and academia.

The School of Business brings with it the resources necessary to equip students with the essentials of business, offering more than a dozen graduate degree and doctoral programs - all taught by exceptional faculty who are actively engaged in global business and cutting-edge research. The school advances the frontiers of knowledge through more than a dozen research centers and institutes, studying a full spectrum of business issues, from international trade to the science of decision making.