Defense Contingency Contracting Handbook, Version 4 - October 2012   [open pdf - 9MB]

"The need to maintain high ethical standards and procurement integrity is always important for DoD contracting officers. However, this requirement can be even more challenging in a deployed environment where the expectations and business habits of local suppliers can be affected by varying cultural, political, and economic conditions. The pressures to meet mission requirements can be even more intense in a contingency contracting environment. If you are not vigilant, these pressures can cloud your judgment about the right way to conduct yourself and represent the US and DoD. Two of the biggest responsibilities of a contingency contracting officer (CCO) are as follows: [1] Effectively communicate customer needs to the supplier. [2] Establish a solid working relationship with the customer. Remember that CCOs and contractors can have competing interests. In some respects, the US government's interests may be directly opposed to the interests of the contractor. Therefore, as protectors of US government interests, you must remember that your duty is to the US government and DoD. Most suppliers in the contingency environment, particularly in locations where US forces have an established presence, understand the ethics and integrity-related restrictions placed on DoD contracting officers. However, CCOs might be offered souvenirs to take home after their tours--or even a welcome gift when they arrive--in a possible attempt to gain favor. In these cases, CCOs must clearly understand the items that they can and cannot accept."

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