Accession Number : ADA565034


Title :   Providing Technical Expertise for Effective Contract Management


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN DEPT OF MANAGEMENT


Personal Author(s) : Bailey, William


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a565034.pdf


Report Date : 12 Apr 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 30


Abstract : This paper examines how to effectively resource and then employ Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) in contingency operations. I will recommend related policy and organizational changes to that end. During two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the identification, resourcing, training, and employment of CORs was a significant issue to both the Contracting Officers and the supported units. Most units had numerous demands for their Soldiers' time and efforts, and the responsibilities of the COR was one of a myriad of different additional duties units were responsible for. Due to these competing duties, COR functions often were neglected or completed in a rudimentary manner. This shortfall affected the overall mission by allowing subperforming contractors to provide substandard work, or, in some instances, not complete the requirements at all. In Iraq, this lack of diligence led to the electrocutions of Soldiers caused by faulty wiring. The failure of these contracts had an impact on the overall counterinsurgency mission. Another problem is the lack of the requisite skills required to inspect and detect or certify contracted projects or services. This lack of expertise has been noted by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and the congressionally appointed Commission on Wartime Contracting (COWC).


Descriptors :   *AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , *CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION , *IRAQI WAR , *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , *QUALIFICATIONS , *SKILLS , *TRAINING , COUNTERINSURGENCY , DEFICIENCIES , ORGANIZATIONAL REALIGNMENT , POLICIES , QUALITY ASSURANCE , REGULATIONS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE