According to [a] COTR designation letter, the COTR [did] not have the authority to direct the contractor, either in writing or verbally, to make changes to the contract’s statement of work or the terms and conditions of the contract that could affect the quantity or quality of the work.
Further, the Contracting Officer’s Authority Clause of the [contractor’s] contract states that the contracting officer is the only person authorized to make or approve any changes in the requirements of the contract. In the event that the contractor makes any change at the direction of any person other than the contracting officer, the change shall be considered to have been made without any authority.
Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 5-440-11-009-P JULY 27, 2011
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