(1) Principal contracting officers. Principal contracting officers (PCO) are
subsistence contracting officers and are primarily responsible for negotiating
procurement of subsistence. The PCOs are assigned to HQ DPSC and other DPSC
(2) Administrative contracting officers. Administrative contracting officers
(ACOs) are subsistence contracting officers who are involved with administering the
contract after the award has been made. The ACOs are assigned to various Defense
Contract Administration Services Regions (DCASRs).
e. Ordering Officer. A commissary or troop issue ordering officer who is
authorized to place orders for subsistence items against a DPSC requirements contract.
(For a definition of requirements contract, see paragraph 1-6c(6)(b).)
a. The responsibilities of DPSC are outlined in the DPSC-SIM. Specifically,
DPSC is responsible for issuing contracts and inspection assignment, updating the
DPSC-SIM, and resolving any inspection problems encountered by the QAR.
b. The QAR, defined as a government acceptance inspector or verification
inspector, representing contracting officers for DPSC contracts, must be familiar with all
phases of the quality assurance and inspection programs. In addition, the QAR is
responsible for ensuring that:
Subsistence delivered to the military services complies with terms of the
(2) All pertinent contractual documents are immediately available for each
inspection. ("Contractual documents" refers to the various documents used in the
DPSC contracting system. See Lesson 1, para 1-6.)
(3) All contractors and potential contractors are equally and competitively
required to apply quality assurance and inspection procedures. A contractor (with few
exceptions) may review the DPSC-SIM, but all contractors must understand that the
terms of the contract take legal precedence and are legally binding.
USE OF MANUAL
The DSPC-SIM is arranged according to a modified Dewey decimal numbering
system, which divides the manual into sections and subsections.
a. The manual contains a numerical table of contents, which lists for each
subject area the section, subsection, the effective date of the subsection, any changes
to the subsection, and distribution codes. Changes made by DPSC should be posted in
the manual under the appropriate subsection title number and effective date. A
distribution code of H indicates information pertinent to the military veterinary service.