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NASA Johnson Space Center. Contracting Officer and Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative. Privity of Contract. NASA Prime Contractor Subcontractor. Direct Relationship CO and COTR. Direct Relationship Contractor’s Staff. No Contractual or Direct Relationship .

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Nasa johnson space center

NASA Johnson Space Center

Contracting Officer


Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative

Privity of contract
Privity of Contract

NASA Prime Contractor Subcontractor

Direct Relationship


Direct Relationship

Contractor’s Staff

No Contractual or Direct Relationship


Contracting officer warranted far 1 603 2
Contracting OfficerWarranted (FAR 1.603-2)


  • Baccalaureate Degree from Accredited Institution

  • 24 semester hours of business related courses

  • Experience in Government contracting and administration

  • Knowledge of acquisition policies and procedures

  • Specialized knowledge in assigned contracting field

  • Completion of acquisition training courses


Contracting officer responsibilities
Contracting Officer Responsibilities

  • General responsibilities

    • Lead the acquisition team to ensure performance of all necessary actions for effective contracting

    • Ensure compliance with the terms of the contract

    • Sign contracts and modifications (bind the Govt.)

    • Negotiate in good faith

    • Safeguard the interests of the United States in its contractual relationships


Chain of authority contracting officer to cotr
Chain of Authority: Contracting Officer to COTR

  • Only the Cognizant Contracting Officer or their superior may delegate authority to a COTR

  • Delegation must be to an individual

  • Delegation must be in writing

  • COTR may be personally liable for unauthorized commitments

    NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) 1801.670


Cotr qualifications and position
COTR Qualifications and Position


  • Subject matter expert

  • Mandatory COTR training

  • Refresher training annually

  • Communicator and problem solver


  • Act as the contractor’s primary liaison with the Government


Cotr responsibilities overview
COTR Responsibilities Overview

  • Help the contractor interpret technical requirements

  • Recommend changes to the Contracting Officer

  • Monitor and evaluate contractor performance

  • Review invoices

  • Recommend corrective actions on deficiencies

  • Inspect and accept deliverables


Duties of the cotr
Duties of the COTR

  • Assist the Contracting Officer

    • Pre-award

      • Draft Statement of Work

      • Provide Independent Government Estimates

      • Assist in evaluating technical proposals

      • Determine degree of contractor risk

      • Develop the contract surveillance plan; tailor to contractor’s proposal/approach after award


Duties of the cotr continued
Duties of the COTR, continued

  • Assist the Contracting Officer

    • Post-Award

      • Support the Post-Award Orientation Conference

      • Recommend contract changes as needed.

        • Recommend Consideration

        • Waivers, Deviations, and Engineering Change Proposals

      • Review technical qualifications of proposed substitute key personnel

      • Oversee Government-furnished property


Duties of the cotr continued1
Duties of the COTR, continued

  • Act as the contractor’s primary liaison with the Government

    • Provide Technical Direction

    • Provide Technical Clarifications of the SOW

    • Manage Tasking and Technical Instructions (TIs)


Duties of the cotr continued2
Duties of the COTR, continued

  • Monitor contractor performance

    • Review Contractor Progress Reports

    • Monitor Cost vs. Progress

    • Review deliverables for acceptance

    • Recommend Corrective Action in the event of contractor deficiencies

    • Prepare Reports on Contractor Performance


Cotr critical objectives
COTR Critical Objectives

  • Successful COTRs:

    • Understand the concept of a contract

    • Understand the chain of contracting authority

    • Understand the statutory and regulatory framework of Federal acquisition

    • Understand the acquisition process

    • Understand their roles and responsibilities and how to execute them


Cotr limitation of authority
COTR Limitation of Authority

  • The COTR never has the authority to take any action, directly or indirectly, that could change the following:

    • Price, cost, or fee

    • Quantities to be offered for acceptance

    • Quality, beyond what is specifically called for in the Statement of Work or clauses

    • Scope of contract

    • Delivery schedule


Cotr limitation of authority continued
COTR Limitation of Authority, continued

  • Further, the COTR may not:

    • Promise additional work to the contractor

    • Disclose proprietary or sensitive information on pending procurements

    • Make statements to contractor that could be misinterpreted


Do s for the cotr
Do’s for the COTR

  • What the COTR Should Do:

    • Identify what needs to be changed to meet the Government's requirements

    • Prepare SOW for the modification

    • Estimate funding required for contractor to implement modification

    • Determine availability of funds

    • Coordinate with CO

    • Review contractor cost proposal and prepare technical evaluation


Don ts for the cotr
Don’ts for the COTR

  • What the COTR Should Not Do:

    • Direct the contractor to make a modification

    • Act in a way that leads the contractor to believe the COR is authorized to direct a contract modification

    • Encourage the contractor to do work beyond the scope of the contract