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Government Contracts: Law, Administration and Procedure
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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The Contracting Officer


Walter A.I. Wilson;John Cosgrove McBride;Thomas J. Touhey

Chapter Summary


This chapter, The Contracting Officer, addresses the role, responsibilities and liabilities of the contracting officer. The head of a procuring agency grants contracting authority to individuals known as contracting officers. In turn, contracting officers may redelegate all or a portion of their authority to subsidiary contracting officers or other representatives.

The chapter discusses the contracting officer as an agent, designation of contracting officers by function, the authority of contracting officers, implied authority, violation of regulation or policy, and waiver of a government right. It discusses the effect of the contracting officer exceeding his or her authority. The chapter addresses the extent of the contracting officer's authority, as well as the power to settle disputes. The chapter considers the contracting officer and the Contract Disputes Act of 1978. It addresses bid protests to the contracting officer. The chapter also explains in detail the significance of the requirement that the contracting officer's decision must be personal and independent.

Government Contracts: Law, Administration, Procedure (Matthew Bender) features extensive coverage of the law and regulation of the business of government contracting or federal acquisition. Nearly every aspect of government contract law and practice is addressed, with references to the history and policies underlying current principles as well as current references to applicable statutes, regulations and case decisions. Along with certain standard forms published by the government, Government Contracts: Law, Administration and Procedure also contains typical practice forms, including sample filings for use in government contract adversary proceedings in the Federal Courts, the agency boards of contract appeals and the General Accounting Office. It also includes forms for non-adversary use, including those related to industrial security.


Government contracts,public contracts,contracting officer,Contract Dispute Act of 1978,bid protests


See Chapter 1 for an introduction to the general principles of government contracts. See Chapter 2 for discussion of the interpretation of government contracts, and Chapter 3 for coverage of government immunities. See Chapter 4 for discussion of the authority of government officers. See Chapter 6 for consideration of claims and appeals procedure under the Contract Disputes Act.


For a more complete discussion of all aspects of government contract accounting with particular emphasis on the Federal Acquisition Regulation see Accounting for Government Contracts: Federal Acquisition Regulation (Matthew Bender).

For additional coverage of contract law generally, and exhaustive analysis of all the rules of contract law see Corbin on Contracts (Matthew Bender).

For more detailed coverage of all aspects of administrative law and the administrative process, with an emphasis on federal agencies see Administrative Law (Matthew Bender).

For practice oriented coverage of all major aspects of the federal government contracting (procurement) process, citations to key administrative and court decisions, statutes, and regulations, and various forms and exhibits, see Federal Contract Management--A Manual for the Contract Professional (Matthew Bender).

For comprehensive treatment of local government law with current and complete perspectives on municipal corporations, as well as independent local government entities and counties, see Antieau on Local Government Law (Matthew Bender).
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