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If a contractor is performing a task that has to continue while the contracotr is on leave, who can/should perform the task while that contractor takes a vacation for two weeks? Should the company under contract backfill with one of their employees or is it appropriate for civilian management to assign the task to a civilian employee while the contractor is out on vacation?
Assuming this is a normal performance based service contract and the contractor has full responsibility for performance of this task, the contractor should perform the work as stated within the terms and conditions of the contract. The Government does not tell the contractor how to perform the contract, who to hire, or the number of FTE's required. The contractor must employ the resources necessary to satisfactorily perform the work or it doesn't get paid and receives adverse performance assessment. Contractor does not do the work, contractor does not get paid. If this scenarios is outside of the context mentioned please advise.
My recommendation is to discuss this with the Contracting Officer administering this contract and both of you get on the phone with the contractor's Program Manager to resolve it prior to the contractor personnel going on leave.
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