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Understanding Government Contract Law, 2nd Edition by Terrence M. O'Connor

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Chapter 1

The Contracting Officer as Judge

What kind of relationship is a contracting officer supposed to have with a contractor?

FAR 1.602-2(b) answers this critical and fundamental question this way: a contracting officer is supposed to “ensure that contractors receive impartial, fair, and equitable treatment.”

In effect, this FAR provision adds black robes to the contracting officer’s wardrobe by making the contracting officer a judge. A judge’s decisions should be fair and reasonable, and they should be reached ...

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