A Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) is an individual authorized in writing by the Contracting Officer to perform specific technical or administrative contract functions. The COR must receive a written designation of their authority to act on behalf of the contracting officer. (DFARS Subsection 201.602-2)
The Contracting Officer Representative (COR) is not authorized to make any commitments or changes that will affect price, quality, quantity, delivery, or any other term or condition of the contract.
Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) Qualification Requirements
Contracting Officers may designate qualified personnel as their authorized representatives to assist in the technical monitoring or administration of a contract. A COR: 
- Must be a Government employee, unless otherwise authorized in agency regulations.
- Must be qualified by training and experience commensurate with the responsibilities to be delegated in accordance with department/agency guidelines.
- May not be delegated responsibility to perform functions at a contractor’s location that have been delegated under FAR 42.202(a) to a contract administration office.
- May not be delegated authority to make any commitments or changes that affect price, quality, quantity, delivery, or other terms and conditions of the contract.
- Must be designated in writing, and a copy furnished the contractor and the contract administration office:
- Specifying the extent of the COR’s authority to act on behalf of the contracting officer;
- Identifying the limitations on the COR’s authority;
- Specifying the period covered by the designation;
- Stating the authority is not redelegate; and
- Stating that the COR may be personally liable for unauthorized acts.
- Must maintain a file for each contract assigned. This file must include, as a minimum:
- A copy of the contracting officer’s letter of designation and other documentation describing the COR’s duties and responsibilities; and
- Documentation of actions taken in accordance with the delegation of authority.
Contract Office Representative (COR) Main References
The COR handbook and DoD Instruction are the main references for understanding the roles and responsibilities of being a COR.
Contract Office Representative (COR) Contract File
Each COR must maintain a Contract File for each contract that has been assigned to oversee by the contracting officer. The Contract File must contain the following at a minimum: (FAR 1.605)
- A copy of the contracting officer’s letter of designation and other documents describing the COR’s duties and responsibilities;
- A copy of the contract administration functions delegated to a contract administration office which may not be delegated to the COR (see 1.602-2(d)(4)); and
- Documentation of COR actions taken in accordance with the delegation of authority.
Contract Office Representative Tracking Tool (CORT)
CORT Tool is a web management capability for the appointment of CORs. This Tool allows a perspective COR, COR Supervisor, and Contracting Officer to electronically process the nomination of CORs for one or multiple contracts. It provides built-in workflows for the nomination process to include email alerts/status reminders for monthly status report due-ins and delinquencies. The CORT Tool provides contracting personnel and requiring activities the means to track and manage COR assignment across multiple contracts across DoD.
AcqLinks and References:
- DoD Instruction 5000.72 “DoD Standard for Contracting Officer Representative Certification” – 31 Aug 2018
- DoD Contracting Officer Representative (COR) Handbook – 22 March 12
- Defense Contingency Contracting Officer Representative (COR) Handbook – Sept 12
- Army Contracting Officer’s Representative Guide
- NRC Acquisition Guidebook for Contracting Officer’s Representatives – 26 Jun 2013
- GAO Report: GAO OIG 12-3 “Procurement Actions Needed to Enhance Training and Certification Requirements for Contracting Officer Representatives” – Apr 12
- Briefing: GSA COR Roles and Responsibilities – 9 June 2016
- Memo: FAC-COR -20 Sep 11
-  Website: DFARS Subsection 201.602-2 Responsibilities
- Website: DFARS PGI Subsection 201_602 Contracting Officers
- Website: Federal Acquisition Institute – Contracting Officer Representative
- Website: FAR 42.202(a) – Contract Administration Services
- Website: CORT Tool