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601.404 Class deviations.
Subpart 601.5-Agency and
Public Participation The Procurement Executive is the agency head's designee for the purposes 601.570 Rulemaking. of FAR 1.404(a).
(a) The DOSAR is promulgated and [53 FR 26159, July 11, 1988, as amended at 59 may be revised, as necessary, in acFR 66751, Dec. 28, 1994]
cordance with FAR part 1.
(b) The Procurement Executive shall 601.405 Deviations pertaining to trea- issue all DOS acquisition regulations. ties and executive agreements.
[59 FR 66751, Dec. 28, 1994] The Procurement Executive shall determine whether a deviation pertaining Subpart 601.6-Career Manageto treaties and executive agreements is
ment, Contracting Authority, authorized under FAR 1.405 or that a request for deviation is required under
and Responsibilities FAR 1.405(e).
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agency head for the purposes of FAR
1.601. 601.470 Deviations from the DOSAR
The authority to approve any devi- 601.602 Contracting officers. ations from the DOSAR is reserved to the Procurement Executive.
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responsibilities conferred on the Sec601.471 Procedures.
retary of State (22 U.S.C. 2656), and the
various laws, regulations, and Execu(a) The head of the contracting activ
tive Orders relating thereto. ity shall submit to the Procurement
(b) Except as otherwise provided by Executive a written request for each
law, DOS regulations, and this DOSAR, deviation from the FAR or the DOSAR,
the Procurement Executive has the auwhether for individual cases, classes of
thority to execute, award, and admincases, or deviations pertaining to trea
ister contracts, purchase orders, other ties and executive agreements. Each
contractual arrangements, and other request for a deviation shall state
agreements, including FAR-covered (1) The nature of the deviation re
interagency acquisition agreements, quested, including whether it is an in
for the expenditure of funds involved in dividual or class deviation;
the acquisition of real and personal (2) The FAR or DOSAR regulation
property, services, and for the sale of from which the deviation is requested;
personal property. The Procurement (3) The circumstances under which
Executive may further delegate this the deviation would be used;
authority to those DOS employees ap(4) The effect intended by the devi- pointed or designated to the contractation; and
ing activities enumerated in 601.603-70. (5) The expiration date recommended (c) The contracting officer shall not for the deviation.
award, modify, or terminate a contract
unless all reviews, clearances, and approvals prescribed in the FAR or the DOSAR have been obtained, and all applicable requirements of law, the FAR, the DOSAR, and other regulations have been met.
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601.602-3 Ratification of unauthorized
commitments. (b) Policy. (1) The Government generally is not bound by unauthorized commitments. Unauthorized commitments violate the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, other Federal laws, the FAR, the DOSAR, and proper acquisition practice. Therefore, such unauthorized commitments are serious violations that usually necessitate disciplinary action agaisnt the transgressor, e.g., withdrawal of a contracting officer's warrant or a Contracting Officer's Representative delegation or collection action.
(2) The head of the contracting activity is delegated the authority to serve as the ratifying official for unauthorized contractual commitments not exceeding $1,000. The head of the contracting activity may refer such actions to the Procurement Executive for ratification if he/she so chooses. All unauthorized commitments in excess of $1,000 shall be ratified by the Procurement Executive.
(3) Unauthorized contractual commitments that would involve claims subject to resolution under the Contracts Dispute Act of 1978 shall be processed in accordance with FAR Subpart 33.2 and Subpart 633.2.
(c) Limitations. The contracting officer is not required to obtain concur
of legal counsel when recommending payment of an unauthorized commitment. However, the contracting officer is encouraged to obtain legal concurrence if there is a question of proprietary or a legal issue.
tracting officer assigned the ratification action. That person shall provide a complete written, signed statement of the facts, including why normal acquisition procedures were not followed, why and how the vendor was selected, a list of other sources considered, a description of work or products, a statement regarding the status of performance, an estimated or agreed price, certified funding citations, and a statement as to why he/she should not be personally liable for the cost, e.g., a public purpose was served and no personal benefit was received.
(2) When the person who made the unauthorized commitment is no longer available to attest to
the circumstances of the unauthorized commitment, an officer from the responsible office shall accomplish the requirements of this paragraph; the statement shall identify the individual responsible for the unauthorized commitment.
(3) In addition, a cognizant management official from the office which employed the individual who made the unauthorized commitment at the time the unauthorized commitment was made shall provide a statement detailing actions that he/she will take to ensure that such commitments will not occur again under the same or similar circumstances.
(b) The contracting officer assigned the ratification action shall prepare and execute a recommendation to the ratifying official. The contracting officer shall either recommend that the ratifying official approve and ratify the unauthorized commitment; or, disapprove the ratification of the unauthorized commitment.
(1) The recommendation shall include the facts and circumstances of the unauthorized commitment; the information prescribed in FAR 1.602–3(c)(1) and (c)(3) through (c)(6); and
recommendation to the ratifying official as to whether the unauthorized commitment should be ratified.
(2) Following the signature of the contracting officer, the recommendation shall include a statement that the ratifying official could have granted authority to enter into a contractual commitment at the time it was made and still has the authority to do so;
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(a)(1) The person who made the unauthorized commitment shall submit all records and documents concerning the unauthorized commitment to the con
pointment, signed by the Procurement Executive. Only qualified employees shall be appointed as contracting officers. AJOPE is responsible for providing guidance and oversight in managing such appointments.
(b) Contracting officers shall be appointed in accordance with the Procurement Career Management Guidebook, available from A/OPE.
(c) Non-Federal employees. Only United States Government direct-hire employees who are U.S. citizens shall be appointed as contracting officers. Personal services contractors, Foreign Service Nationals, and Third Country Nationals are not eligible for appointment as DOS contracting officers.
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that the ratifying official hereby ratifies (or disapproves) the unauthorized commitment in the amount specified; and a date and signature block for the ratifying official.
(c) The information required in paragraph (b)(1) of this section shall be supported by factual findings included or referenced in the recommendation.
(d) The contracting officer shall submit the complete file to the ratifying official. For actions exceeding $1,000, the file shall be submitted through the head of the contracting activity to the Procurement Executive.
(e) Upon receipt and review of the complete file, if the ratifying official ratifies the unauthorized commitment, the file shall be returned, through the head of the contracting activity if the action exceeds $1,000, to the contracting officer for issuance of the appropriate contractual document(s). If the request for ratification is not justified, the ratifying official shall return the request to the head of the contracting activity (if over $1,000) or to the contracting officer if under $1,000) with a written explanation for the decision and a recommendation for disposition of the action.
(f)(1) When a ratification is approved, the ratifying official shall prepare a letter to the contractor involved in the ratification. The letter shall state the reason(s) why the ratification was approved and provide cautionary language to the contractor regarding future instances of ratification actions.
(2) When a ratification is not approved, the head of the contracting activity shall prepare a letter to the contractor advising that the ratification was not approved. The letter shall cite the reasons for the disapproval.
601.603–70 Delegations of authority.
(a) Delegations. As stated in 601.603– 3(a), there is no contracting officer authority conferred by virtue of position. Pursuant to 601.602-1(b), the Procurement Executive has designated the following as contracting activities as defined in FAR 2.101. These authorities are not redelegable. In addition, specific individuals
designated as heads of contracting activities (HCAs) (see FAR 2.101):
(1) Overseas posts. Each overseas post shall be regarded as a contracting activity to enter into and administer contracts for the expenditure of funds involved in the acquisition of supplies, equipment, publications, and services; to sell personal property; and to lease real property. The Principal Officer, the Administrative Officer, or the Supervisory General Services Officer are designated as HCAs; provided, that he/ she has a contracting officer's warrant issued by the Procurement Executive. The Procurement Executive (or authorized A/OPE staff) may delegate to a contracting officer, on a case-by-case basis, the authority to award a contract or modification which exceeds the contracting officer's warrant level.
(i) No authority is delegated to enter into cost-reimbursement, fixed-price incentive, or fixed-price redeterminable contracts.
(ii) When expressly authorized by a U.S. Government agency which does not have a contracting officer at the post, the officers named in paragraph
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601.603 Selection, appointment, and
termination of appointment.
(a) There is no contracting officer authority conferred upon any DOS employee by virtue of position. The Procurement Executive appoints all DOS contracting officers, in conformance with FAR 1.603-3. The contracting officer shall retain the original copy of the Standard Form 1402, Certificate of Ap
(a)(1) introductory text of this section may enter into contracts for that agency. Use of this authority is subject to the statutory authority of that agency and any special contract terms or other requirements necessary for compliance with any conditions or limitations applicable to the funds of that agency. The agency's authorization shall cite the statute(s) and state any special contract terms or other requirements with which the acquisition so authorized must comply. In view of the contracting officer's responsibility for the legal, technical, and administrative sufficiency of contracts, questions regarding the propriety of contracting actions that the post is required to take pursuant to this authority may be referred to the Department for resolution with the headquarters of the agency concerned.
(2) Office of Foreign Buildings. The authority to enter into and administer contracts pursuant to the Foreign Service Buildings Act of 1926, amended (22 U.S.C. 292 et seq.), is delegated to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Foreign Buildings and to the Director for Acquisitions as the HCA.
(3) Office of Acquisition. The authority to enter into and administer contracts for the expenditure of funds involved in the acquisition of supplies and nonpersonal services is delegated to the Director and Deputy Director as the НСА.
(4) Foreign Service Institute. The authority to enter into and administer contracts pursuant to Chapter 7, Title I, of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended (22 U.S.C. 4021 et seq.), is delegated to the Director of the Foreign Service Institute, the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director, and the Supervisory Contracting Officer as the HCA.
(5) Office of Foreign Missions. The authority to enter into and administer contracts pursuant to Title II of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956, as amended (22 U.S.C. 4301 et seq.), is delegated to the Director, Office of Foreign Missions, and the Administrative Officer as the HCA.
(6) U.S. Mission to the United Nations. The authority to enter into and administer contracts pursuant to the United
Nations Participation Act of 1945, as amended (22 U.S.C. 287), is delegated to the Counselor for Administration as the HCA.
(7) Moscow Embassy Building Control Office. The authority to enter into and administer contracts for the planning, design, and construction of the embassy office building in Moscow is delegated to the Director, Moscow Embassy Building Control Office as the HCA.
. (8) Diplomatic Telecommunication Service-Program Office. The authority to enter into and administer contracts for the leasing purchase of telecommunications services, circuits, subsystems, and associated professional services is delegated to the Chief, ACquisition Branch as the HCA.
(9) Regional Procurement Support Offices. (i) The authority to enter into and administer contracts for the expenditure of funds involved in the acquisition of supplies, equipment, publications, services, execute leases for real property, and to sell personal property on behalf of overseas posts is delegated to each Director, Regional Procurement Support Office (RPSO) as the HCA at the following locations:
(A) RPSO Bonn in conjunction with Embassy Bonn;
(B) RPSO Tokyo in conjunction with Embassy Tokyo;
(C) RPSO Singapore in conjunction with Embassy Singapore; and,
(D) RPSO Miami in conjunction with the Miami Regional Center.
(ii) The RPSOs are under the purview and guidance of A/OPE.
(b) Other delegations. Several DOS offices have been delegated limited procurement authority, although they have not been designated as HCAs. Matters requiring HCA resolution are referred to the Office of Acquisition. These delegations are provided only to warranted contracting officers in the respective offices. They are as follows:
(1) Office of Language Services. The authority to enter into and administer simplified acquisition transactions under FAR Part 13 and orders against schedule contracts for interpreting, translating, conference reporting, and related language support and escort services.
(b) Procedures. Details of the Department's Procurement Career Management Program are described in the Department of State Procurement Career Management Guidebook. AJOPE shall provide guidance and oversight.
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PART 602-DEFINITIONS OF WORDS
Sec. 602.101 Definitions. 602.101–70 DOSAR definitions.
AUTHORITY: 40 U.S.C. 486(c); 22 U.S.C. 2658.
SOURCE: 53 FR 26162, July 11, 1988, unless otherwise noted.
(2) Office of Overseas Schools. The authority to enter into and administer simplified acquisition transactions under FAR Part 13 and orders against schedule contracts pursuant to section 29 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956, as amended.
(3) Library. The authority to enter into and administer simplified acquisition transactions under FAR Part 13 and orders against schedule contracts pursuant to the provisions of the Public Printing and Documents Act of 1968, as amended, and for the acquisition of newspapers, books, maps, and periodicals.
(4) Office of International Conferences. The authority to enter into and administer simplified acquisition transactions under FAR Part 13 and orders against schedule contracts pursuant to section 5, Title I, of the Department of State Basic Authorities Act of 1956, as amended.
(5) Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. The authority to enter into and administer simplified acquisition transactions under FAR Part 13 and orders against schedule contracts pursuant to the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as amended, and Executive Order 11077, dated January 22, 1963.
(6) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The authority to enter into and administer simplified acquisition transactions under FAR Part 13, orders against schedule contracts and personal services contracts pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended; and, 48 CFR Chapter 7, Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulation, including any amendments thereto.
602.101-70 DOSAR definitions.
For the purposes of the DOSAR, unless otherwise indicated, the following terms have the meanings set forth in this subpart.
Consolidated Receiving Point or CRP; means the contractor under contract to a Despatch Agency to receive and prepare items for shipment to a post. The CRP receives, records, consolidates, and packs items for shipment overseas under the direction of the Despatch Agency.
Department or DOS means the Department of State, including all of its activities wherever located.
Despatch Agency means the office responsible for the transportation of goods between the U.S. and posts within its specific geographic area as assigned by the Transportation Division, Office of Supply and Transportation. There are four Despatch Agencies, one each in New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; Miami, Florida; and, Seattle, Washington
Government means the Government of the United States of America unless specifically stated otherwise.
Local procurement means acquisition by a post in the country in which the post is located.
Overseas post means a "post" located outside the United States of America.
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601.670 Procurement Career Manage
ment Program. (a) Policy. The Department's Procurement Career Management Program is designed to improve the quality of contracting in the Department through the development and maintenance of professional contracting skills in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Institute's Contract Specialist Workbook and related guidance.