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    Is there a regulatory requirement that CAO cognizance be determined by where the Contractor's Books & Records are located? In the absence of a regulatory requirement to stand on, is there an argument to be made for the location of Books & Records to determine which DCMA Office will handle administration? Thank you.


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    This issue would not necessarily be subject to a regulation, but rather to organizational/management decision. CAO cognizance based on geographical re-structuring can change independent of any FAR or DFARS guidance. The decision on whether the California office retains cognizance or the Arizona office accepts it is subject to discussions between the two offices or, worst case, elevation to DCMA's Western Regional Command HQ.

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