NCMA Books

Here are all the text resources NCMA offers, some books we publish and others we distribute. Some of these books are associated with National Education Seminars, our certification program, or are in general book circulation. All NCMA titles are available for online purchase.

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Contract Management Body of Knowledge (5th Edition)

By: NCMA

IMPORTANT NOTE: The fifth edition of the CMBOK is for those testing for the CPCM exam starting January 1, 2018.

The Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), based on NCMA’s Contract Management Standard, provides the competencies required of those wishing to achieve excellence in the contract management profession. The newly released CMBOK version 5 adds competencies such as Leadership and Management which are essential building blocks for successful contracting practitioners and leaders. The Contract Management Body of Knowledge is a must-have reference book for every contract manager and the primary study resource for those aspiring to undertake the Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) exam.

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Desktop Guide to Key Contract Terms & Conditions

By: Jim Kirlin, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow, and Allie Stanzione, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow

The Desktop Guide to Key Contract Terms and Conditions focuses on the most negotiated contract terms and conditions in the U.S. federal government contracting environment. “Most negotiated” refers to the amount of upfront time and effort typically required to reach agreement. The guide also discusses the negotiation of terms and conditions from three practical, day-to-day perspectives: the U.S. federal government buyer, the prime contractor (as seller and buyer), and the subcontractor.

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Certified Federal Contracts Manager Study Guide (3rd Edition)

By: NCMA

The Certified Federal Contracts Manager Study Guide, Third Edition, has been updated to incorporate changes up to and including Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-95. This study guide provides the candidate with a detailed study outline of the main topics within each FAR part and includes specific references. Once you feel adequately prepared for the examination, you can test your knowledge by taking the practice test included in the guide; an answer key is provided. The practice test is designed to both facilitate review and allow the opportunity to assess personal mastery of topics addressed in the CFCM Study Guide.
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167 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-9828385-3-2


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Certified Professional Contracts Manager Study Guide (Third Edition)

By: NCMA

The CPCM Study Guide, 3rd Edition provides the vital link between the Contract Management Body of Knowledge, 4th Edition and the CPCM Examination. Includes practice questions, answers and explanations, and recommended readings.

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223 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-9828385-0-1


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Contract Management Organizational Assessment Tools

By: Gregory A. Garrett, CPCM, CPM, PMP and Rene G. Rendon, CPCM, CFCM

An excellent comprehensive toolkit for all organizations involved in buying/selling products, services, and integrated solutions, this book offers proven research-based tools to assess the effectiveness of your contract management processes—from all levels. Understand the new supply environment in today's world, learn how to create successful performance-based contract management organization, use the new Contract Management Maturity Model (CMMM), and learn how to apply other research-based survey assessment tools to improve buying and selling performance.

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300 PP.,  (NCMA), 9700879-0-8


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Contract Types

By: NCMA, Federal Publications Seminars

Contract Types is an accelerated, comprehensive one-day course on the practical, legal, accounting, and management implications in the use of various contract types. It goes beyond consideration of the differences among the various types of contracts, and covers the practical, legal, accounting, and management implications from using each type of contract. Its end objective is to provide both new and experienced employees with a greater understanding of what should be done to better administer and manage their own contracts.

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92 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-9700897-8-6


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Cost Estimating & Contract Pricing: Tools, Techniques, & Best Practices

By: Gregory A. Garrett, CPCM, CPM, PMP

What should a product, service, or integrated business solution cost? How much is it worth to the buyer? What is the appropriate rate of return or profitability for a product or service? What constitutes a fair and reasonable price? How can a buyer ensure they are not paying too much? How can sellers maximize both sales revenue and profitability in a consistent manner? The answers to the above stated questions range from simple to complex and are the focus of this book.

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284 PP.,  (CCH), 978-0-8080-1819-3


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Desktop Guide to Basic Contracting Terms (Seventh Edition)

By: Margarget Rumbaugh, CPCM, and Dr. John Wilkinson, CPCM

The seventh edition of NCMA’s Desktop Guide to Basic Contracting Terms provides useful information on the fundamental meaning and everyday use of more than 1,800 contracting terms. The contract management profession relies largely on precision and proper interpretation of language; therefore, this edition of the Desktop Guide to Basic Contracting Terms has been expanded from past editions to cover new and recent terms contract managers may expect to encounter, previous terms have been updated, and obsolete terms have been removed. It is an essential desktop reference for those new to the profession, a critical review for more seasoned practitioners, and an indispensable study tool for NCMA certification exams.

268 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-940343-97-9


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Desktop Guide to FAR Essentials

By: Jim Kirlin, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow, and Allie Stanzione, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow

The Desktop Guide to FAR Essentials covers the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)—the source of the uniform policies and procedures for acquisition by all U.S. federal government agencies. The FAR is thousands of pages long and deeply complex, but the Desktop Guide condenses and summarizes 28 of the most essential topics of the FAR to be mastered by government and industry contract management professionals.
These topics are organized under six major headings:
• General,
• Acquisition Planning,
• Contracting Methods and Types,
• Socioeconomic Programs,
• General Contracting Requirements, and
• Contract Management.

108 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-9828385-4-9


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Developing Winning Proposals: Proposal Preparation Techniques and Tips

By: Federal Publications Seminars

Developing Winning Proposals is designed to provide you with the nuts and bolts you need to review a request for proposal (RFP), put a proposal team together, and develop the detailed cost estimates you need to convince a customer that you can best satisfy their needs. This book is for everyone involved in the development and response to an RFP. In addition to contract management professionals, this book also benefits anyone involved in the acquisition process: managers, directors, financial analysts, engineers, and business development employees, among others.

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109 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-9700897-8-6-9


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Journal of Contract Management 2017

By: NCMA

NCMA’s Journal of Contract Management is a peer-reviewed, scholarly publication devoted to the dissemination of research and improvement of the contract management field, serving both the buying and selling communities of the public and private sectors. Its editorial scope spans a wide-range of topics in the field. It strives to comprehensively cover the contract management discipline by publishing conceptual, empirical, and practical application manuscripts that demonstrate substantial conceptual development, appropriate methodology, proven best practices, and value-added topic areas.

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67 PP.,  (NCMA),


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Leadership: Building High-Performance Buying and Selling Teams

By: Gregory A. Garrett CPCM, C.P.M., PMP, and William C. Pursch, Ph.D., CPCM

Improve the performance of your organization with this comprehensive, practical, and compelling guide…providing practical and highly effective tools, best practices, case studies, personal stories, and engaging interviews of buying and selling business leaders.

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300 PP.,  (NCMA), 0-9700897-2-4


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Performance-Based Acquisition: Pathways to Excellence

By: Gregory A. Garrett, CPCM, CPM, PMP

This book is filled with successful case studies, processes, tools, and best practices from both the public and private business sectors, to benefit both buyers and sellers in the use of performance-based acquisition. It discusses a variety of important topics, including e-business key trends and best practices, the new Contract Management Maturity Model (CMMM), critical components of performance-based contracts, and performance/balanced scorecards.

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344 PP.,  (NCMA), 0-9700897-1-6


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Risk Management for Complex U.S. Government Contracts and Projects

By: Gregory A. Garrett

This book provides a unique and comprehensive view of what it takes to successfully manage large, complex, high-technology U.S. government contracts and projects. The contributing authors are a team of 12 experts with extensive experience in U.S. government agencies, military, and industry, with specialized knowledge and education in accounting, law, contracting, supply-chain management, and program/project management.

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Solicitations, Bids, Proposals and Source Selection

By: Gregory A. Garrett and Gail A. Parrott

Building a contract, in both the public and private business sectors, which meets or exceeds the requirements of the buyer and seller is indeed a challenge, especially in a world of high expectations and demanding customers. This book provides a comprehensive roadmap or series of steps, which can be taken by both buyers and sellers to achieve mutual business success.

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368 PP.,  (CCH), 978-0-8080-16120


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Subcontract Management From A to Z

By: Jim Kirlin

The significance of the practice of subcontract management cannot be understated. It is an essential function of the American contracting system. The reasons for its importance are many, as are the responsibilities of subcontract managers. Subcontract Management from A to Z examines the subject of subcontract management in the U.S. federal government environment, and is unique in its focus on the topics that make subcontract management different under a prime government contract.

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205 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-9828385-2-5


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The 100 Worst Government Mistakes in Government Contracting

By: Richard D. Lieberman

The author's previous book, The 100 Worst Mistakes in Government Contracting, was written to help contractor personnel break the mistake habit in their dealings with the federal government on government contracts. It seemed only appropriate to examine the process from the other end and identify mistakes that the government makes. The 100 Worst Government Mistakes in Government Contracting is designed to help contracting officers, contract specialists, contracting officer’s technical representatives, and contracting officer representatives avoid making mistakes on their side of the government contracts table. The author examines 100 common, dangerous mistakes so they can be understood and avoided, drawn from every phase of the government contracts life cycle.

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154 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-9700897-6-2


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The 100 Worst Mistakes in Government Contracting

By: Richard D. Lieberman and Jason D. Morgan

Why repeat the same mistakes as others? Sometimes reciting best practices and principles is not enough to drive the lesson home. Sometimes you have to look at the inverse. Perfect for government contractors, this book examines 100 classic mistakes to avoid, drawn from every phase of the government contract life cycle. The legal framework of government contracting is outlined with references to the most pertinent statues and regulations.

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138 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-9700897-5-5


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The COR Member of the Acquisition Team: The Contracting Officer's Representative Guide to Performance & Quality

By: James N. Phillips Jr.,MPA, CFCM, Fellow, Scottie Paramoure, CFCM, Michael P. Jennings, PhD, CPCM

Whether you are a new or experienced COR, contracting professional, or simply a member of the acquisition team, this book is for you. Learn more about the importance of the role of COR to the acquisition process, the need for a diversified skill set to perform the COR duties, tools and techniques to aid the COR, the communication skills necessary to facilitate and document an evaluation of contractor performance, and ethical insight and how to stay out of trouble as a COR (ethics and conflict of interest).

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138 PP.,  (NCMA), 978-0-940343-91-7


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