Chapter 1The Contracting Officer as Judge
Three Simple Rules for Always Being Fair and Reasonable
Being Fair and Reasonable in Awarding a Contract
Being Fair and Reasonable in Administering a Contract
According to FAR 1.602-2(b), a contracting officer is supposed to
“Ensure that contractors receive impartial, fair, and equitable treatment.”
This FAR provision adds black robes to the contracting officer’s wardrobe. It makes the contracting officer a judge. A judge’s decisions should be fair and reasonable, and they should be reached independently—without bias or pressure from someone else.
So in this role, the contracting officer is not supposed to narrowly advocate for the government: ...
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