DATE: April 16, 2003

SUBJECT: Department of Defense; Military Contingency Contracting Force Qualifications

SOURCE: Department of Defense Memorandum, dated April 10, 2003

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: On April 10, 2003, Under Secretary of Defense E. C. Aldridge, Jr., issued a memorandum establishing the minimum qualification criteria for contingency contracting force (CCF) member development, retention, and accession. This is permitted by Section 824 of Public Law 107-107, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, which authorizes DOD to establish separate qualifications for the CCF. Section 824, Acquisition Workforce Qualifications, revised the qualification requirements that a new entrant into the contracting field must meet to serve as a contracting officer with authority to award or administer contracts exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the implementation of Section 824 of Public Law 107-107 in DFARS 201.603-2, Selection, see the October 25, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Contracting Officer Qualifications."

For more on the acquisition-related provisions of Public Law 107-107, see the January 2, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002."

EFFECTIVE DATES: April 10, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Sylvester, Deputy Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (Acquisition Workforce and Career Management), 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060; or Leslie Blackmon, 703-695-1097, e-mail: leslie.blackmon@osd.mil.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Section 824 of Public Law 107-107 amended 10 U.S.C. 1724 to exempt certain DOD employees or members of the military from the requirement that contracting officers and others in GS-1102 series (contracting) positions and similar military positions have a bachelor's degree and at least 24 semester hours of business-related studies. Among those exempted were those in the CCF (that is, "members of the armed forces whose mission is to deploy in support of contingency operations and other operations of the Department of Defense"). Section 824 permits DOD to establish other qualification requirements for the CCF.

On April 10, 2003, Under Secretary Aldridge issued "minimum qualification criteria for accession, development, and deployment of the CCF workforce." Each military department is authorized to establish additional policies and procedures for its CCF.

The following are the key points in the Aldridge memorandum:

All requirements are applicable to members entering the CCF after September 30, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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