Contacting the Contracting Officer

About this product

Format: E-course
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Dr. James Phillips
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 1.5 ATCs
APTAC BOK: C.13 Post Award Administration, C.9 Bids and Solicitations
*This course was recorded on January 16, 2020


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This course reflects on the critical roles that the seller and the buyer have in contractual relationships within the US Federal government. For the Government (buyer), ONLY the Contracting Officer has the authority to change, amend, modify, or even cancel a properly executed contract. While this may not be true for a seller and non-Governmental buyers, it is true for the US Government. Accordingly, contacting a contracting officer must be purposeful, at least at first. There are times when a contracting officer may speak to you about a solicitation and the times when they can’t. This course discusses such contact.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to identify the only person in the US Government that has the authority to change, modify, amend, or cancel a government contract.
  • The three formal types of exchanges with a Contracting Officer.
  • The differences between formal and informal exchanges.
  • The different modes of contact with a Contracting Officer.
  • The authority that a Contracting Officer has. 

Target Audience: Contract managers, product/service team members, sales and marketing persons, and anyone involved in the acquisition of goods and services. This course is particularly valuable to those who are new to the US Federal contracting or other public systems.


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