AFFARS PART 5302 - Definitions of Words and Terms

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PART 5302 -
Definitions of Words and Terms

[ Revised January 27, 2017 ]


5302.101 Definitions

"Acquisition Category (ACAT)" is the category of an acquisition program. See DoDI 5000.02, Enclosure 1.

“AFICA” is the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency which is a Primary Subordinate Unit aligned to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC). AFICA is responsible to provide support and oversight to those contracting units with delegated HCA responsibility from AFICA to comply with all processes, reporting and approval requirements within the AFFARS.

“AFICA/K_ (OL-supported MAJCOM Director of Contracting)” means the AFICA Director of Contracting at an operating location (OL) who is co-located with the MAJCOM they support. These individuals execute specific HCA responsibility as delegated by the AFICA SCCO.

“AFRCO” is the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

“Agency Head” (see “head of the agency”)

“ASAF(A)” means the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.

"Chief of the Contracting Office (COCO)" means any person who has direct managerial responsibility for the operation of a contracting office as defined in FAR 2.1. Unless specifically excepted, this term may include, at the option of the designated official, the deputy chief or acting chief of the contracting office. The term COCO includes the Contracting Squadron Commander (CONS/CC)/Director of Business Operations (DBO)/Numbered Flight Commander (SCONF/CC), Deputy or civilian equivalent, as identified by the MAJCOM/DRU/AFRCO SCO, and for AFMC and SMC, the Contracting Division Chief/Deputy.

“DAS(C)” means the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting). The authority granted to DAS(C) may also be exercised by the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting) (ADAS(C)).

“Direct Reporting Unit (DRU)” means a subdivision of the Air Force, directly subordinate to the Chief of Staff, US Air Force. A DRU performs a mission that does not fit into any of the MAJCOMs (see AFI 38-101).

“Field Operating Agency (FOA)” means a subdivision of the Air Force, directly subordinate to a HQ USAF functional manager. A FOA performs field activities beyond the scope of any of the major commands (see AFI 38-101).

"Head of the Agency" means, pursuant to HAF MD 1-10, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) (ASAF(A)), unless the terms of a statute or delegation indicate that an action must be done by the Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) or the Under Secretary of the Air Force (USecAF).

“Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA)” The DAS(C) and (ADAS)(C) are the HCA for the Air Force. See delegations in MP5301.601(a)(i).

"Installation Commander" means an individual who functions in a command position and is responsible for a base or other Air Force installation having a base contracting office.

“Major Command (MAJCOM)” means a major subdivision of the Air Force that is assigned a major part of the Air Force mission. A MAJCOM is directly subordinate to Headquarters US Air Force. (see AFI 38-101).

“Operational Contracting” is a subset of “Other Contracting” and means those contracting actions taken to meet the needs of installation commanders, DRUs, deployed commanders, and resident, tenant, and supported units. Operational contracting may be accomplished by contracting squadrons, operational contracting offices, contracting divisions, or another organization entity designed to meet local needs.

"Other Contracting" means those contracting actions, not in a PEO portfolio.

"Program Executive Officer (PEO)" See AFI 63-101/20-101 and DoDI 5000.02

“Quality Assurance Program Coordinator (QAPC)” is the individual selected in accordance with local procedures to coordinate and manage the Quality Assurance Program.

“Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP)” is the document government personnel use to assess contractor performance (see FAR 46.401, DFARS 246.401, DFARS 237.172), formerly known as the Performance Plan.

“Services Designated Official (SDO)” is the individual designated to exercise responsibility for the management and oversight of the acquisition of contract services (see AFI 63-138, Acquisition of Services).

“Senior Contracting Official (SCO)” means the MAJCOM/DRU/AFRCO headquarters staff official with overall functional responsibility for contracting.

“Air Force Central Command Contracting Units SCO” means:
HQ AFICA/CC at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

The deputy to an SCO may exercise any SCO authority unless restricted in the FAR, as supplemented (e.g., individual authorized to execute a specific authority must be of a certain minimum grade/rank), or as specifically limited by the SCO.

"Senior Center Contracting Official (SCCO)" means an individual serving in the position of Director of Contracting within AFMC (to include AFICA/CC) and at SMC who reports directly to the Center Commander. SCCO duties and responsibilities may also be performed by the Deputy Director of Contracting, Assistant Director of Contracting, the Technical Director/Assistant to the Director of Contracting, and the AFICA Executive Director, as well as the Director of Contracting at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Hanscom AFB, Hill AFB, and Robins AFB and the Deputy Director of Contracting, Assistant Director of Contracting, and the Technical Director/Assistant to the Director of Contracting at Eglin AFB, Hanscom AFB, Hill AFB, and Robins AFB.

“Specialized Units” means those operational contracting units/offices that support several installations, specific customer(s), mission(s), or execute contracts for a specific product(s) or service(s). Specialized Units are designated by the SCO.

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