CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVE (COR): AN ANALYSIS OF PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME COR ROLES, COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS AND EFFECTIVENESS
Tatum, Denise A.
Yoder, Elliott C.
Muir, William A.
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This research was conducted to determine whether there is a benefit to developing full-time career contracting officer’s representatives (CORs) versus assigning contract surveillance duties to part-time CORs. This research also addresses competencies necessary for CORs, the sufficiency of COR training and competency requirements, and whether or not there is a COR training gap that could be filled through the use of a Defense Acquisition Workforce Initiative Act (DAWIA) career field. The research methodology included review of existing literature related to contract oversight issues, COR competency issues, and COR training, as well as interviews with CORs, COR leaders, and executive acquisition leadership to gain insight into how the COR role is currently being fulfilled and how it might be improved. The results of this research indicate that Department of Defense (DoD) contract surveillance is insufficient and that the role of the COR has expanded beyond the expectations of the current guidance and training and that developing full-time CORs, establishing a COR career path, and improving COR training will ensure adequately trained and experienced personnel are performing contract surveillance. Recommendations are provided for COR training improvements, the appropriate assignment of CORs to existing DAWIA career fields, and development of a DAWIA COR career path.
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