DEFENSE PERSONNEL SUPPORT CENTER SUBSISTENCE INSPECTION MANUAL
The majority of subsistence procured for the Armed Forces is contracted by
DPSC and inspected by the Army Veterinary Service for DPSC. The DPSC provides
guidance to food inspectors through the publication of Defense Personnel Support
Center Subsistence Inspection Manual (DPSC-SIM) 4155.6. This manual is one of the
most important tools of the veterinary food inspection specialist because it is used for
most types and phases of procurement inspection of DPSC subsistence items.
The DPSC-SIM provides technical instructions to inspection activities and
promotes uniform subsistence inspections. In addition, the DPSC-SIM describes the
relationships between the Contract Quality Assurance Function (CQAF) and the Quality
Assurance Representative (QAR), the contracting officer, and the ordering officer. The
DPSC-SIM also controls all phases of quality assurance and inspection concerning
military subsistence items.
TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
a. Contract Quality Assurance. This is a procurement support function
performed at Headquarters, DPSC, by the Contract Quality Assurance Function (CQAF)
and at other DPSC, Defense Subsistence Regions (DSRs), and Defense Subsistence
Offices (DSO) by a quality assurance office or CQAF.
b. Quality Assurance Representatives. Quality assurance representatives
(QARs) are all government (military, USDA, USDC, Defense Contract Administration
Services (DCAS)) personnel acting in their official capacity as representatives of
contracting officers for DPSC contracts. This term is used, regardless of the agency or
service that the QAR represents. This term "QAR" excludes all contractor quality
c. Quality Control Representatives. A quality control representative (QCRs) is
any individual who is paid by a contractor to provide quality control. This term excludes
contractor-paid government grading/inspection personnel.
d. Subsistence Contracting Officer. A subsistence contracting officer is an
individual who is authorized by the Deputy Commander for Subsistence and the
Commander of Subsistence Field Activities to procure subsistence items. Subsistence
contracting officers are assigned to HQ DPSC and to other PDSC offices and are called
procuring contracting officers (PCOs).