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    Is there any type of conflict of interest or ethics issue with the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) being assigned the responsibilities of an appointed Government Trusted Agent (TA)?


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    We’ve tackled this question a number of times before on AAP:
    https://dap.dau.mil/aap/pages/search.aspx?q=trusted agents
     
    There is no single definition of what a “Trusted Agent” (TA) is or does at the DoD level.  As a result, there is no overarching prohibition, ethical issue or conflict of interest in having a TA be designated a COR or a COR be designated as a TA.
     
    You will need to analyze your specific situation and the duties associated with being a TA and the tasks/duties being designated the COR to see if there is a conflict of interest or an ethical issue.  Our opinion is that it would be a very unique situation where being a TA would create a conflict of interest with COR duties.

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