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Some links will work for NIAID staff only.
This SOP has internal roles only.
This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.
To serve as an NIAID staff member designated and authorized in writing by the contracting officer to perform specific technical or administrative functions.
CORs have a broad range of roles from developing concepts for solicitations through providing technical oversight of contracts. They cannot change any terms or conditions of contracts.
CORs work in NIAID’s program divisions, not the Office of Acquisitions.
To help ensure that CORs perform their jobs within legal limits, each COR will receive and sign a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) Appointment Letter from the contracting officer. The template details the COR’s duties from the FAC-COR Handbook.
All CORs are required to get FAC-COR certification. Learn more about FAC-COR Initial Certification.
There are three levels of COR:
The FAC-COR Handbook, Appendix C, provides Optional Classroom Training Providers.
Find the full training requirements at FAC-COR Re-Certification.
The FAC-COR Handbook provides a more detailed description of the COR’s duties.
See Office of Acquisitions Contacts for the appropriate contract specialist.
Staff should check the class schedules on the HHS University Web site. Enroll through NIH's APO Coordinator.
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