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501.604 Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).

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501.604 Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).

501.604 Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).

      (a) The COR’s role is to develop proper requirements and ensure during contract administration the contractors meet the commitments of their contracts, including the timeliness and delivery of quality goods and services as required by the contract.

      (b)  FAC-COR Certification. Any GSA employee assigned to perform COR duties, regardless of series, must obtain and maintain an active Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representative (FAC-COR) at the appropriate level in the career management system of record through the entire contract period of performance. COs determine the certification level required for an acquisition. CORs must be certified at the appropriate level no later than six months from the date of their appointment.

      (c)   Waivers. The SPE may waive the requirement for obtaining the FAC-COR certifications prior to appointment as a COR. Waivers will only be considered in compelling and well documented circumstances. This authority is non-delegable. FAC-COR waivers are not transferable to other agencies.

      (d)  Contracting officer’s responsibilities.

           (1) In appointing CORs under GSAM 542.2, the contracting officer must take into consideration the appropriate FAC-COR Level needed to protect the government's interest. The contracting officer must consider the risk associated with the acquisition, including contract type, in order to determine the appropriate level of FAC-COR coverage.

           (2)  Contracting officers must provide appointment letters in writing to the contractor, outlining the COR's responsibilities under the contract and the limits of the COR's authority to the contractor. The contracting officer must also provide a copy to the COR and the COR supervisor, and maintain a copy in the official contract file, or a central file referenced in the contract file.

           (3)  The contracting officer is authorized to revoke a COR appointment. Any revoked COR appointment must be documented in writing, notifying the COR, the COR's supervisor, the contractor and the designated Acquisition Career Management Point of Contact.