Is there any place that specifically states it is a requirement for a Contracting Officer to be present during negotiations?
At base level contracting we had contracting specialist run the negotiations all the time. They were cleared by their contracting officer to conduct the negotiations and it was the contracting officer who signed the PNM and award or mod. I do not know what your local guidance says, but the FAR does not say the contracting officer has to be present during negotiations.
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