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Contingency Contracting Officers: Establishing a Successful Interagency Profession
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Contingency Contracting Officers CCOs faced many challenges during extended operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Never before have they dealt with contingency contracting in multiple overseas locations simultaneously, and with a host of contracting organizations. The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan directed the Department of Defense DoD, the Department of State DOS, and the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID to work together to plan, manage, and oversee contractors in theater. This Strategy Research Project SRP discusses some of the problems that CCOs encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan in executing contracts. The paper reviews current statutory and regulatory requirements and describes training for personnel who execute contracts for the DoD, DOS, and USAID. It proposes key prerequisites that will enable CCOs to prepare, direct, and administer more efficient procurement of goods and services in support of future contingency operations.
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