Is there an existing appointment letter that would be appropriate for designating a non-contracting person as a negotiator?
No. Unless the Navy has DON specific policy for this effort, but it is not a DoD requirement. Only the Contracting Officer, working within the scope of his/her authority, is authorized to sign the contract (legally bind) the government; hence, negotiating does not legally obligate the government and the contractor should be aware that in this case, the negotiator can represent the government (Navy), but he/she is not the ultimate decision-maker (Signatory) on the contract.
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