Part 502—Definitions of Words and Terms

Subpart 502.1—Definitions

502.101  Definitions.

“Agency competition advocate” means the GSA Competition Advocate in the Office of Acquisition Policy.

“Assigned counsel” means the attorney employed by the Office of General Counsel (including offices of Regional Counsel) assigned to provide legal review or assistance.

“Contracting activity competition advocate” means the individual designated in writing by the head of the contracting activity (HCA). This authority may not be redelegated. The HCA must ensure that the designated competition advocate is not assigned any duty or responsibility that is inconsistent with the advocacy function. The identity of the designated official shall be communicated to procuring staff and the Senior Procurement Executive.

“Contracting director” means:

(a) Except in FSS, a director of a Central Office or Regional office Division responsible for performing contracting or contract administration functions.

(b) In FSS, a director of a Commodity Center or FSS Bureau.

“Contracting officer’s representative (COR), contracting officer’s technical representative (COTR), or contract administrator” means a Government employee designated in writing by the contracting officer to perform specific limited activities for the contracting officer, such as contract administration.

“Debarring official” or “suspending official” means the Senior Procurement Executive or a designee.

“Head of the contracting activity” means the Deputy Associate Administrator for Acquisition Policy (MV); Commissioners of the Federal Technology Service (FTS); Federal Supply Service (FSS), or Public Buildings Service (PBS); or Regional Administrators. The Deputy Associate Administrator for Acquisition Policy serves as the HCA for Central Office contracting activities outside of FTS, FSS, and PBS.

“Senior procurement executive” means the Deputy Associate Administrator for Acquisition Policy.

“Senior program official” means a person reporting to, and designated by, the HCA to have overall program responsibility for determining how the agency will meet its needs. The official should have a position of authority over the participating offices. Examples include Assistant Regional Administrators or Deputy Commissioners.