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To provide a government employee authority to enter into, administer, modify, and terminate contracts and make related determinations and findings.
Contracting officers are legally responsible for contracts on behalf of the government. They may act only with as much authority as delegated to them from the appointing authority (see FAR 1.603-1) in writing on an SF-1402, Certificate of Appointment. Contracting officers are certified by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) under the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) program.
Only contracting officers are authorized to legally bind the government, enter into contractual commitments, modify or change a contract, authorize certain activities, and obligate or deobligate funds under a contract.
Contracting officers have varied roles during acquisition:
Contract specialists perform many of the same functions as a contracting officer and may be assigned contracts for award and administration, but the contracting officer oversees the development of the documentation and discussions, performs the final review of contract actions, and provides final signature authority.
Contracting officer's representatives do not have the authority to make contractual commitments or change contract terms and conditions.
See the Office of Acquisitions staff listing.
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FAR Subpart 1.602, Contracting Officers
FAR Subpart 1.603, Selection, Appointment, and Termination of Appointment
HHSAR 301.602, Contracting Officers
HHSAR 301.603, Selection, Appointment, and Termination of Appointment
Contract Deliverables and Reporting Requirements SOP
Peer Review of R&D Contract Technical Proposals SOP
Contracting Officer's Representative SOP
Technical Review of R&D Proposals Under Emergency Situations SOP
Last Updated November 13, 2014
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