Contracting Officers and Airmen are typically stationed with Mission Support Centers and are responsible for managing and executing operational acquisition solutions, across the Air Force enterprise. These Air Force professionals help prepare, negotiate and award contracts to qualified vendors as well as evaluate their performances to ensure that the money we spend is put to its best possible use. They are on the front line of waste, fraud, and abuse.
These contracting / business managers perform, and administer contracting functions for commodities, services, and construction using simplified acquisition procedures, negotiation, and other approved methods. They use automated contracting systems to prepare, process, and analyze transactions and products. Contracting Officers and Airmen act as business advisors, buyers, negotiators, and administrators. They support all functions of contingency operations. Air Force LInk
Duties and Responsibilities:
Advises government and contractor personnel on contracting-related issues. Obtains data on marketing trends, supply sources, and trade information. Prepares memoranda, determinations, and findings, justifications, and approvals. Documents contracting files. Prepares documents, processes transactions, and maintains files applicable to automated contracting systems and other electronic methods. Analyzes statistical data pertinent to contracting functions. Ensures contractors comply with bonding, insurance, and tax requirements, as applicable. Supports studies pursuant to competitive sourcing.
Performs market research. Reviews requirements to include descriptions, government furnished property, availability of funds, justifications for sole source, brand name purchasing, and delivery requirements. Reviews proposed documents to ensure contractual correctness and compliance with regulations, directives, laws, statutes, and contracting policies. Reviews government estimates. Determines appropriate contracting methods and contract types. Maximizes use of commercial items and practices. Interprets and explains government procedures and regulations.
Determines applicability of contract clauses and special provisions. Prepares solicitations solicits proposals for commodities, services, and construction requirements. Ensures solicitations are publicly advertised as appropriate. Reviews and evaluates cost and pricing data/information. Analyzes and reviews award actions. Obtains and evaluates past performance information. Determines contractor responsibility. Evaluates responsiveness of bids and offers. Prepares and conducts negotiations. Prepares bid abstracts. Amends and cancels solicitations. Rejects bids. Reviews and evaluates bids or offers. Recommends contract award. Mediates protests.
Conducts site visits to determine adequacy of contractor compliance and customer satisfaction. Interviews contractor employees to determine labor law compliance. Trains and monitors quality assurance personnel. Assesses contractor compli ance and determines appropriate actions. Resolves claims, disputes and appeals. Terminates contracts and administers termi nation settlements.
Provides contingency contracting support at stateside or deployed locations in support of joint U. S. and allied forces. Develops and manages contingency contracting program plans 2.6. Evaluates methods and procedures used in purchasing commodities, services, and construction. Ensures contractors adherence to delivery schedules and price. Prepares and presents evaluation in the form of correspondence and briefings. Participates in the unit self-inspection program.
Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of pricing techniques, market trends, supply sources, US or foreign commercial practices and marketing factors contributing to prices of items, equipment, materials or services. Knowledge is mandatory of basic computer applications, audit procedures, policies, laws, and directives governing purchasing and contingency contracting policies and procedures.
Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of 24 semester hours in business-related subjects, such as accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management is desirable, or possession of a baccalaureate degree.
Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
6C031. Completion of the apprentice contracting specialist course.
6C071. Achievement of Level II Certification in contracting under the Acquisition Professional Development Program, and completion of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) contingency contracting course (CON 234).
. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).
High school diploma, GED with 15 college credits, or GED
Completion of 24 semester hours of business related subjects
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
No prior conviction of court martial or nonjudicial punishment for dereliction in the performance of duties involving contracting activities, larceny, misappropriation of funds or property or financial irresponsibility.
Never been convicted by a civilian court of a Category 1, 2 or 3 offense
Completion of 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training as well as Airmen’s Week
Must be between the ages of 17 and 39