Donald E. Mansfield

Donald E. Mansfield has been an instructor in Federal contracting for thirteen years. He teaches The FAR Bootcamp® and the Source Selection Bootcamp®. From 2006 to 2019, Don was a Professor of Contract Management for Defense Acquisition University (DAU). While at DAU, Don led the development of Federal Acquisition Regulation Fundamentals (CON 090), a course that he subsequently managed for four years. He also taught various courses in DAU’s contracting and small business curriculum. In addition to teaching, Don also developed and maintained the DAU Provision and Clause Matrix.

Prior to becoming an instructor, Don had an 11-year career as a contract specialist with the Department of the Navy. From 2003 to 2005, he worked at the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC), where he was the Head of the Procurement and Proposal Evaluation Division and Deputy for Small Business.  Prior to that, he was a journeyman contract specialist, and later team leader and procuring contracting/grants officer, at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) San Diego. His other stops include a one-year stint as a contract and grant administrator at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) San Diego and a three-year contracting internship at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) San Diego. Don was originally hired into the Navy Acquisition Intern Program in 1995 as an Outstanding Scholar.

Don has experience in contracting for major systems, vessel repair, technical services, research and development, and commercial items.  He has published several articles in the Nash and Cibinic Report and actively participates in the online discussion forum at the "Where in Federal Contracting?" Web site (, where he also maintains a popular blog. He has spoken multiple times for the San Diego chapter of the National Contract Management Association and the Department of Defense Western Regional Council for Small Business. He has also been a panelist at the Nash & Cibinic Report Roundtable and at the American Bar Association Annual Conference. When he’s not teaching, Don is a consultant to the Department of the Navy.

Don earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1994, and an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego in 2001. He lives in San Diego, California.

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