Contingency Contracting Officers (CCOs) support a range of overseas operations, including large- and small-scale contingency operations and humanitarian or peacekeeping operations.
Definition of Contingency Operation (FAR 2.101)
Definition of Micro-Purchase Threshold (FAR 2.101)
Definition of Simplified Acquisition Threshold (FAR 2.101)
As defined by JP 4-10, Operational Contract Support (OCS) is the process of planning for and obtaining supplies, services, and construction from commercial sources in support of combatant commander (CCDR)-directed operations, as well as CCDR-directed, single-Service activities, regardless of designation as a formal contingency operation or not. OCS is a multi-faceted, cross-functional staff activity executed primarily by the combatant command (CCMD), subordinate staffs, Service components, theater special operations commands, and, in some cases, functional components, along with supporting combat support agencies (CSAs).
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DoDI 3020.41, Operational Contract Support, requires that CCMDs publish and maintain OCS-related information for the respective operational area and that such requirements are integrated into contracts performing in or delivering to the CCDR’s area of responsibility. CCOs and support personnel should monitor CCMD webpages or other applicable resources for OCS guidance and specific contract support requirements.
All DoD Contracting Officers (COs) executing theater support contracts will do so in support of a particular CCMD. This includes deployed CCOs and stateside COs providing reach-back assistance. Pursuant to DFARS PGI 225.370, Contracts requiring performance or delivery in a foreign country, DoD COs must ensure that overseas solicitations and contracts include any applicable host country and designated operational area performance considerations.