Government Contracts Rule Allows USAID to Use Personal Services Contractors as COs
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Rule Allows USAID to Use Personal Services Contractors as COs

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

A proposed rule would amend the Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulation to allow AID to designate personal services contractors as contracting officers and agreement officers. The proposed changes to AIDAR 701.603-70 would allow the Director, Bureau for Management, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, to designate a United States PSC or a Cooperating Country National PSC as a CO with a specific level of warrant authority. Between 2016 to 2018, AID experienced a decrease of over 20 percent in direct-hire CO staff. The proposed changes would help offset this decrease in warranted direct-hire civil service and foreign service employees and increase the capacity of AID’s acquisition workforce to process actions in an expeditious manner. Further, the changes would relieve AID staff from the administrative burden of processing AIDAR deviations and exceptions and allow AID to realize cost savings. The rule also proposes related changes to AIDAR Appendices D and J. Comments on the proposed rule are due August 13, 2019. For the text of the rule, see ¶72,100.15.

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