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Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) SOP

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This SOP has internal roles only.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.


To assist in the technical monitoring or administration of a contract in accordance with FAR 1.604.


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 certification:

  • Level I: Entry-Level/Apprentice.
    • Appropriate for individuals serving on technical evaluation panels or supporting low risk contract vehicles such as firm fixed price and services/supply contracts and orders that do not exceed $150,000.
  • Level II: Mid-level/Journeyman.
    • Appropriate for individuals supporting contract vehicles of moderate to high complexity with threshold values ranging from $150,000 to $25,000,000.
    • 40 CLPs are required every two years to maintain certification.
  • Level III: Senior/Expert.
    • Appropriate for highly complex and mission critical contract vehicles requiring significant acquisition investment for contracts exceeding $25,000,000.
    • 80 CLPs are required every two years to maintain certification.

The FAC-COR Handbook, Appendix C, provides Optional Classroom Training Providers.

Find the full training requirements at FAC-COR Re-Certification.


Contracting Officer

Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)

  • Provide programmatic input into the development of the solicitation, negotiations, and resulting contract.
  • Serve as the technical liaison between the contractor and CO.
  • Ensure satisfactory performance and timely delivery of deliverables as set forth in the contract. This includes deliverable inspection and invoice review.
  • Maintain certification by meeting all training requirements detailed in the FAC-COR Re-Certification guidelines.
  • Provide evidence of recertification every two years to the CO.
  • Maintain a file for each assigned contract. The file must include, at a minimum:
    • A copy of the contracting officer’s letter of designation and other documents describing the COR’s duties and responsibilities;
    • A copy of the contract administration functions delegated to a contract administration office which may not be delegated to the COR (see FAR1.602-2(d)(4)); and
    • Documentation of COR actions taken in accordance with the delegation of authority.

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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Last Updated November 20, 2014

Last Reviewed November 20, 2014