COR Information



COR - Appointment and Certification Procedures

The Contracting Officer’s Representative is a critical position in the management of federal contracts. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has set forth guidelines and policy for all civilian agencies and the Department of Defense.


Overview of COR Guidance and Training

DOI CORs (Interior Business Center or Office of the Secretary)

The Interior Business Center's Bureau Procurement Chief will issue all certifications through the Acquisition and Property Management Office. After the Bureau Chief receives a complete application, your certification will be issued for DOI Office of the Secretary/Interior Business Center COR candidates.

DOI CORs (outside of the Interior Business Center or Office of the Secretary)

Please contact your Bureau Procurement Chief who will be your certification official. Once the completed paperwork is sent to the IBC contracting officer, your COR certificate will be issued. For assistance in locating your BPC e-mail us.

Civilian Agency CORs (outside DOI)

CORs must be FAC-COR certified and the certification must come from your funding agency. The IBC contracting officer will appoint you as COR after verifying your FAC-COR certification.

Department of Defense CORs

Department of Defense has opted out of the FAC-COR requirement. Therefore, you as a DoD representative, seeking COR appointment, do not need to be FAC-COR certified. Certification will be made through our own IBC internal process. Please contact us.

Training Requirements

For FAC-COR certification, individuals must initially complete COR training not more than two years prior to certification. IBC can no longer certify training for CORs. As directed by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, individual agencies have the responsibility of FAC-COR certification for their own employees.

COR Appointment

COR candidates will be appointed to a specific contract/order at the discretion of the IBC contracting officer. Appointments will not be made until candidates comply with FAC-COR certification training requirements and send a copy of their agency issued FAC-COR Certificate. The contracting officer will issue an appointment letter to document the candidate’s FAC-COR designation.

Certification Expiration

FAC-COR Certificates expire after two years. To be recertified, appropriate refresher training must be completed and the FAC-COR certificate submitted to the Acquisition Services Directorate. It is imperative that sufficient time is provided to avoid any lapse in certification. Please note the following:


COR - Client Agency Roles and Responsibilities

Contracting officer's Representatives have an important role in the administration and technical oversight of contracts. The Office of Management and Budget has developed a Government-wide standard for certifying contracting officer’s Representatives. COR candidates are required to meet specific training requirements to become certified. Only certified CORs are eligible to perform associated duties in support of contracts. To meet this regulatory requirement, and in support of our procurement partnership, your agency must:

Recommend a federal employee from your agency to be the COR.

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