Report Who is the Contracting Officer? in Contracting Workforce Posted July 14, 2015 williams.c Yes, there was a time when I needed to ask a question. That time continues until this very day. You might be surprised at the number of times I call people to ask questions during the course of a day. When I was young, one of the things I learned from people to whom I directed questions was not to mix questions with my opinions. People who are willing to entertain questions from "less experienced" people tend to take the questions for what they are, but when you mix a question with an opinion -- contracting officers' "authorized representatives" and CORs are different things, because COR is defined separately -- the opinion diverts attention from the question and becomes subject to evaluation and criticism. Sometimes the right tactic is to convert a tentative opinion to a question: Is an "authorized representative of the contracting officer" different from a "Contracting Officer's Representative" as defined by FAR? Sometimes I ask questions about my opinions: Does that make sense? Am I right? I took a lot of time to craft the answer I gave you. I don't do that for everybody. I hope it enabled you to resolve your issue. Understood. I will take note of this and attempt to better craft my questions in the future. Sometimes, when one doesn't fully understand the issue, it can be difficult to phrase questions effectively.