Acquisition and Assistance Management Division

Delegations of Authority

The authority to obligate the Government either by contract or financial assistance is specifically delegated to an individual as follows:

Contracts

The authority and responsibility vested in the Secretary (205 DM 11.1A) and delegated to the Assistant Secretary-Water and Science (205 DM 11.2A) is re-delegated to the Commissioner, (255 DM 3.1H) Bureau of Reclamation, to act as the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA). Additionally as authorized by the Reclamation Acquisition Regulations, the HCA is further defined as: (1) The Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation; and (2) the Director, Management Services Office, 84-27000.

The Department of Interior Acquisition Regulations (DIAR 1401.603-1) create a regulatory re-delegation of contracting authority to the Bureau Procurement Chief (BPC) who is authorized to select, appoint, and terminate Contracting Officer's authority to individuals. By regulation (DIAR 1402.101) the BPC is defined as the senior GS-1102 official in a bureau, and is further defined for Reclamation (WBR 1402.101) as the Manager of Acquisitions and Assistance Management Division (AAMD).

The BPC appoints the Chief of the Contracting Office (CCO) to the senior GS-1102 Contracting Officer within a contracting office. By definition, a CCO is the senior GS-1102 official in each Reclamation regional contracting office including the acquisition Denver aquisition operations group, 84-27810 (DIAR and WBR 1402.101).

Financial Assistance

The Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, is authorized to exercise all of the authority (subject to specific limitations) vested in the Secretary and delegated to the Assistant Secretary-Water and Science (209 DM 7.1 and 7.2, 255 DM 1.1 and 3.1).

The Commissioner may act as a Grant and Cooperative Agreement Officer (GCAO) and has delegated the authority to serve as a Grant and Cooperative Agreement Officer to each of the Regional Directors and the Director, Management Services Office (MSO).

The Regional Directors and Director, MSO, may re-delegate this authority in writing to individuals (not positions), with full power to sign and administer grants and cooperative agreements, subject to review and approval, and training requirements set forth in Reclamation Manual (RM) ACM 01-01. Directors may delegate unlimited authority to their Grant and Cooperative Agreement Officers, or more typically place limitations on the dollar amount that may be awarded by a GCAO.

Purchase Business Line

The authority and responsibility vested in the Secretary (205 DM 11.1A) and delegated to the Assistant Secretary-Water and Science (205 DM 11.2A) is re-delegated to the Commissioner, (255 DM 3.1H) Bureau of Reclamation, to act as the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA). Additionally as authorized by the Reclamation Acquisition Regulations, the HCA is further defined as: (1) The Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation; and (2) the Director, Management Services Office, 84-27000.

The Department of Interior Acquisition Regulations (DIAR 1401.603-1) create a regulatory re-delegation of contracting authority to the Bureau Procurement Chief (BPC) who is authorized to select, appoint, and terminate Contracting Officer's authority to individuals. By regulation (DIAR 1402.101) the BPC is defined as the senior GS-1102 official in a bureau, and is further defined for Reclamation (WBR 1402.101) as the Manager of Acquisitions and Assistance Management Division (AAMD).

The BPC appoints the Chief of the Contracting Office (CCO) to the senior GS-1102 Contracting Officer within a contracting office. By definition, a CCO is the senior GS-1102 official in each Reclamation regional contracting office including the acquisition operations group, AAMD, 84-27810 (DIAR and WBR 1402.101).

Purchase Line authority is delegated from the BPC to the CCO. The CCO is responsible for issuing, amending or rescinding purchase line authority for the Government charge card. A CCO may redelgate this authority to a Regional Purchase Line Card Coordinator.

 

Last Updated: 10/19/17