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    Per DFARS 201.670, the appropriate agency authority shall appoint or terminate (in writing) property administrators and plant clearance officers. What agency is the appropriate agency with the authority to appoint a property administrator? This contract in question is a Department of Defense, Navy contract under the authority of the NAVSEA directorate. I am the Procuring Contracting Officer on the contract. My agency has retained all other contract administration functions as called out in FAR Part 42.302 (b) In appointing qualified property administrators and plant clearance officers, the appointing authority shall consider experience, training, education, business acumen, judgment, character, and ethics.


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    The FAR defines "Property  Administrator"  as...
     
    "... an authorized representative of the contracting officer appointed in accordance with agency procedures, responsible for administering the contract requirements and obligations relating to Government property in the possession of a contractor."
     
    At the Federal level:  the appointment authorizes all of the duties and responsibilities involved in "administering the contract requirements and obligations relating to Government property in the possession of a contractor."  This includes relieving the contractor of stewardship responsibility, etc., and whatever else the FAR/DFARS identifies--
     
    As the DoD level:  This requirement is cited in DFARS 201.670 (Appointment of property administrators and plant clearance officers), which requires "the appropriate agency authority to appoint or terminate (in writing) Property Administrators and Plant Clearance Officers." Each DoD Component has to have procedures for appointing Pas andPLCOs (to the extent they need to appoint a PA or PLCO).  The "Appropriate Agency Authority" is whomever theDoD Component decides who should have that authority within that Component.
     
    For the Department of the Navy, the appointment (Certificate of Appointment) of a Government Property Administrator has been signed by the Commander of the activity that they work for. 
     
    For further clarification you may want to contact Marlene Thacker at: marlene.thacker@navy.mil

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