42.204 Supporting contract administration.
(a) A CAO assigned a contract for administration under 42.202
or a contracting office retaining administration under 42.203
may request supporting contract administration from the CAO
cognizant of the contractor location where performance of specific
contract administration functions is required. The request
shall (1) be in writing, (2) clearly state the specific functions
to be performed, and (3) be accompanied by a copy of pertinent
contractual and other necessary documents.
(b) The prime contractor is responsible for managing its
subcontracts. The CAO's concern with subcontracts is normally
limited to evaluating the prime contractor's management of them
(see Part 44). Therefore, supporting contract administration
shall not be used for subcontracts unless (1) the Government
would otherwise incur undue cost, (2) successful completion
of the prime contract is threatened, or (3) it is authorized
under paragraph (c) below or elsewhere in this regulation.
(c) For major system acquisitions (see Part 34), the contracting
officer may designate certain high-risk or critical subsystems
or components for special surveillance (see 44.205) in addition
to requesting supporting contract administration. This surveillance
shall be conducted in a manner fully consistent with the policy
of calling upon the cognizant CAO to perform contract administration
functions at a contractor's facility (see Subpart 42.1).
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