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

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Chapter 2

The Contracting Officer as Sheriff

FAR 1.602-2 makes the contracting officer the sheriff, guarding the interests of the United States in its contractual relationships:

Contracting officers are responsible for ensuring performance of all necessary actions for effective contracting, ensuring compliance with the terms of the contract, and safeguarding the interests of the United States in its contractual relationships.

In many ways, this role overlaps that of the contracting officer as judge (as described in chapter 1), because when the contracting ...

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