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3.603 Responsibilities of the contracting officer.

3.603 Responsibilities of the contracting officer.

      (a) Before awarding a contract, the contracting officer shall obtain an authorization under 3.602 if-

           (1) The contracting officer knows, or has reason to believe, that a prospective contractor is one to which award is otherwise prohibited under 3.601; and

           (2) There is a most compelling reason to make an award to that prospective contractor.

      (b) The contracting officer shall comply with the requirements and guidance in subpart  9.5 before awarding a contract to an organization owned or substantially owned or controlled by Government employees.