Is it mandatory for the COR duties to be voluntary or can someone be directed to do the duties?
Interesting question… one I normally receive when teaching the classroom version of CLC222 (COR-222).
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However, it is not really a COR related question, it is a Human Resources or Personnel (and personal) question.
I want to start off by saying this: We recognize that Being a COR is an “additional duty” in 99% of appointments. We also recognize that at times it can be a very time consuming additional duty and have moments of intense frustration depending on your contract or task order you’re assigned to.
That said, the vast majority of CORs often realize it is a fantastic additional duty for career growth and professional development. Here’s why: we really only contract out because we have a gap in our ability to execute the mission and the best way to fill that gap is to contract out for it. Using that premise, the COR gets to witness first hand whether or not the contract is actually filling that gap in the mission and the government is getting what we paid for.
In addition, the world of commerce revolves around contracts (employment contracts, utility contracts, raw material contracts, facility leasing or purchasing contracts, transportation contracts, etc., etc.). While there are certainly some distinct differences… the way the commercial or private sector (Uniform Commercial Code-UCC) enters into contracts is more similar to how Uncle Sam does it than it is different. As a COR, learning how this works is invaluable if you should choose to ever open your own business OR if you ever decide to leave the government and go work for a contractor; it can mean a much better salary.
Okay, enough of my pontificating and back to your question.
Lesson 1.2 in CLC 222 talked about those times where you should not be a COR (conflicts of interest, etc.). In your scenario, barring any of those, the only thing you can do is communicate with your chain of command the reasons why you do NOT want to be assigned. Typically most government employees and of course military personnel have a clause in their appointment or position description (an employment contract) which says something along the lines of “Additional Duties As Assigned”.
The communication with your chain of command and HR or Personnel would be centered around why you can’t or should not be assigned this duty. The same process you would use if you did not want to be assigned any other additional duty like unit security monitor, combined federal campaign rep, property book custodian, etc.
Best of luck.