Selection and Appointment of CCOs and CORs

Contingency Contracting Officer (CCO) Criteria:

The Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) appoints a Senior Contracting Official (SCO), by name and in writing, and delegates certain authorities to the SCO, including the appointment of a Contracting Officer under their control. If the HCA allows further redelegation, SCOs also may delegate certain authorities to regional contracting centers (RCCs), including appointment of Contracting Officers under the control of the RCC Chief.

Contracting warrant authority includes selecting, appointing, and terminating Contracting Officer warrants. The SCO shall appoint as Contracting Officers only personnel who are assigned to, attached to, or operating under the HCA. Contracting appointment will be accomplished based on experience, education, knowledge of acquisition policies and procedures, and training in accordance with the minimum standards of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act, as described in Section 1701 et seq. of Title 10 of the United States Code (10 U.S.C. Section 1701 et seq.).

The appointing authority shall give Contracting Officers clear instructions in writing regarding the limits of their authority. Information on the limits of Contracting Officer authority should be readily available to the public and agency personnel.

Contingency Contracting Officers (CCOs) can support CONUS and OCONUS contingencies, including major accidents, natural disasters, enemy attacks, and the use of weapons of mass destruction. When CCOs are deployed to declared contingencies, the flow of contracting authority may change based on the maturity of the location, theater of operation, and established command and control.

Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) Criteria:

A Contracting Officer’s Representative is an individual designated in accordance with DFARS Subsection 201.602-2 and authorized in writing by the Contracting Officer to perform specific technical and administrative functions.

Alternate Contracting Officer’s Representatives (ACORs) are also appointed in writing designating specific responsibilities, authorities, and limitations.

CORs must be Government employees (either military or civilian), and they must possess the necessary qualifications (training) and experience commensurate with the responsibilities delegated to them.

Each designation of a COR shall be in writing (by name and position title) and clearly define the scope and limitations of the COR’s authority. Appointment letters, at a minimum, include the following:
(1) The name, including rank or grade, and full mailing address of the COR;
(2) The extent of the COR's authority to act on behalf of the Contracting Officer;
(3) The limitations on the COR's authority;
(4) The period covered by the designation;
(5) A statement that the authority is not redelegable; and
(6) A statement that the COR may be personally liable for unauthorized acts.

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