AFFARS PART 5318 - Emergency Acquisitions

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PART 5318 -
Emergency Acquisitions

[ Revised April 6, 2015 ]

(INTERIM CHANGE: See Policy Memo 15-C-02)


5318.001 Definitions

A Contingency Contracting Officer (CCO) is a person with contracting authority to enter into, administer, and terminate contracts on behalf of the Government in support of a local contingency, steady-state deployments, or other contingency operations. The CCO also acts as the primary business advisor to the deployed/incident commander or the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) director.

5318.125 Protest to GAO

See MP5301.601(a)(i) and 5333.104.


5318.201 Contingency Operations

(b) Micro-purchase threshold. For delegation of HCA authority regarding micro-purchases of supplies or services to be used in support of a contingency operation, see MP5301.601(a)(i).

(c) Simplified acquisition threshold. For delegation of HCA authority regarding, see MP5301.601(a)(i).

(1) Selection, appointment, and termination of appointment. The following describes procedures for the selection, appointment, and termination of CCOs.

(A) Selection for a CCO Warrant.

1. Completed CCO Appointment/Termination Request. Review the completed template consistent with MP5301.603, paragraph 3.2.

2. Appoint CCOs consistent with MP5301.603, paragraph 4.1.

i. Candidates for CCO warrants for less than or equal to the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) require at least one year of contracting experience.

ii. Candidates for CCO warrants above the SAT to less than $5M must have a minimum of two years of contracting experience and a Level I APDP certification in contracting.

iii. Candidates for CCO warrants equal to or greater than $5M must have a minimum of two years of contracting experience and a Level II or higher APDP certification in contracting.

(B) CCO Appointments. MAJCOM/DRU/HQ AFICA SCOs and SMC and AFLCMC SCCOs must select and appoint CCOs and terminate their appointments in accordance with this section.

1. The AFMC SCO/AFLCMC SCCO may delegate this authority to the highest contracting official in the contracting chain at geographically separated organizations and AFRL detachments, but in no event will the designee be lower than a GS-15 (or equivalent) or 0-6.

2. MAJCOM/DRU/HQ AFICA SCOs may delegate authority to issue CCO warrants of less than $5M and terminate appointments of less than $5M, but in no event will the designee be lower than the COCO.

3. HQ AFICA is the warranting authority for AFCENT CCOs.

(C) Review of CCO warrants must be accomplished annually to ensure CCO training currency and to evaluate limitations set forth on the SF1402.

(D) Termination of CCO warrants must be accomplished when the CCO permanently changes duty station.

(S-90) For Air Force Contingency readiness policies, responsibilities, and implementing procedures, see Policy Memo 14-C-04.

(S-91) Assign and maintain DoD Activity Address Codes (DoDAAC) for deployed forces within the area of responsibility, as required (see DFARS 204.7003(a)(1)).

5318.271 Head of Contracting Activity Determinations

(S-90) HQ AFICA is the HCA designee for AFCENT for all delegable HCA responsibilities (see MP5301.601(a)(i)).

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