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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)

 

Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representatives Training

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The Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer’s Representatives (FAC-COR) program is for acquisition professionals in the Federal Government performing contract management activities and functions.  Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) play a critical role in ensuring that contractors meet the commitment of their contracts.  They ensure proper development of requirements and assist Contracting Officers in managing their contracts.  The purpose of this program is to establish training and experience requirements for those acquisition professionals.  The FAC-COR applies to all executive agencies, except the Department of Defense (DoD).

The Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) is a crucial link between the Contracting Officer (CO) and the contractor.  In effect, CORs are the eyes and the ears of the contracting officer, ensuring that the work the contracting officer has authorized gets properly done.  In order to understand the roles and responsibilities, CORs must know the acquisition process and the various steps, as well as the associated terminology.  They must also be aware of ethical considerations when performing their duties.  In addition, each COR functions as a part of one of numerous agencies, and must recognize certain process distinctions.

Contact cortraining@va.gov with any questions.