According to the “Defense Contingency Contracting” (2017)
According to the “Defense Contingency Contracting” (2017), “The Contingency Contracting is conducted by contracting officers with the legal authority to enter into, administer, modify, or terminate contract under authorities granted to the Services, combat support agencies (CSAs), and functional combatant commands (CCMDs) ” (p. 35). It is essential that CCOs fully comprehend and understand their contracting authority written out in there contracting warrants from a contract authority source (“DEFENSE CONTINGENCY CONTRACTING, 2017). CCOs are able to work in both CONUS and OCONUS supporting major contingency contract to include: natural disaster, enemy attacks, and the use of weapons of mass destruction (“DEFENSE CONTINGENCY CONTRACTING, 2017). The CCO has many responsibilities involved with management of the contract. A few roles noted by “DEFENSE CONTINGENCY CONTRACTING” (2017) include, “Train and monitor the performance of CCO-appointed representatives, including FOOs and CORs. Ensure that contract are competed among and when appropriate and in compliance with local policy awarded to local bidders to the fullest extent possible to support the development of the local economy while ensuring fair and reasonable price” (p. 49).
According to the “Defense Contingency Contracting” (2017), “Contracting Officer’s Representative (CORs) are appointed in writing and trained by a contracting officer (normally before contract award) in pre-award and post-award responsibilities, including requirements generation, preparation of acquisition document to support contract actions, monitoring contract performance, and performing other duties specified by their appointment letter” (p. 50). In essence the COR acts as the oversight for the CCO. The COR can be either a civilian member who is attached to a supporting unit or an active duty service member. The COR conducts quality control inspections on services that the contractor supports. If deemed necessary the COR may offer recommendations to the quality assurance representative.
DEFENSE CONTINGENCY CONTRACTING. (2017). Retrieved June 1, 2020, from https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/ccap/cc/jcchb/DCC_Han…
STUDENT 2 (Dave):
Being a contingency contract officer has many roles and responsibilities. According to the Defense Contingency Contracting Handbook, a contingency contract officer first must obtain and maintain support of the commander throughout the life of the contingency operation. Furthermore, the CCO should emphasize price negotiations, at sustained locations pursuant to the regulations governing the acquisition procedures used. In the event of a redeployment or demobilization, the CCO must coordinate with the operational planners and the Defense Logistics Agency in the associated reduction of equipment, personnel and services. Lastly, as it pertains to the deployed environment, the CCO controls a significant amount of money that can be used to improve economic conditions on the ground. Therefore, it is important for the CCO to understand the cultural differences in order to better work within their given customs. In other words, they need to understand various cultural competencies in order to successfully complete their work, without insulting their norms. Lastly, providing contract opportunities to the local community is an integral part of counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. Being able to make contributions to the community can have a major impact on the human terrain and start to sway the population in one direction or the other.
According to the Federal Acquisition Institute, the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) plays a critical role in ensuring that contractors meet the commitments of their contracts. Furthermore, they facilitate proper development of requirements and assist the contracting officer when it comes to developing and managing their contracts. Lastly, the COR is an individual authorized in writing by the contracting officer to perform specific technical or administrative contract functions. The COR must receive a written designation of their authority to act on behalf of the contracting officer.
DPAP. (2015, June). Defense Contingency Contracting Handbook V5. Retrieved from https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/ccap/cc/jcchb/Final%20DCCH-V5_6-12-15.pdf
FAI. (2013, March 30). Contracting Officer’s Representative. Retrieved from https://www.fai.gov/certification/fac-cor#:~:text=Contracting%20Officer’s%20Representatives%20(CORs)%20play,developing%20and%20managing%20their%20contracts.
SUTDENT 3 (Derek):
A Contingency Contracting Officer does not differ in basic qualifications from that of any other Contracting Officer. Instead, it is the source of delegated authority from the Head of Contracting Activity and Senior Contracting Official that changes. Another change for the CCO is the threshold amounts that the SAT and above the SAT are considered.
A contracting officer will initially be assigned to an agency with a designated HCA and SCO under which delegated their contracting authority and delineated the scope and extent to which they may oblige the government in the form of a warrant. This contracting officer becomes a CCO once assigned to an expeditionary contracting command, or an SCO that has been assigned LSC or LSCC responsibilities under a GCC. Their contracting authority and command relationships are changed as well as their warrant. In the case of an assignment where there is an established JTSCC, the JTSCC assumes the role of HCA, who has their own SCO and even RCC from which the CCO will derive his contracting authority and warrant.
A Contracting Officers Representative (COR) is a federal employee or member of the military who is nominated by the requiring activity but appointed by the contracting officer. The requiring activity selects COR’s as action officers who will see the task through developing a requirements package for approval. COR’s should have related experiences or qualifications related to the contracted requirement they are developing. Once a contract is awarded, the COR becomes a representative of the Contracting Officer whose duty is to conduct contract surveillance, conduct quality control, and provides acceptance for the contractor’s performance or delivery of commodities. They receive invoices from contractors which they accept the quality and completeness of the contractor’s performance on a DD250. COR’s then forward the DD250 and invoice to the CCO, who validates that the accepted work is within the parameters of the contract. The COR also communicates and documents contractor non-performance, underperformance for the CCO to remediate.
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