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U.S. Military Program Management by Rene G. Rendon, Gregory A. Garrett

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CHAPTER7

The Contract Manager versus the Program Manager

By Lt. Col. Leslie S. Deneault & Bryan Stambaugh

Successful program execution requires the efforts of many people, but especially the program manager (PM) and contracting officer (CO). Yet, despite the necessity for PMs and COs to work together effectively, there can be a great deal of conflict between them. Why does this conflict exist and how can it be overcome?

THE CONTRACTING OFFICER

Government contracting is an unusual career field in that it takes significant on-the-job training to become truly competent. There are only a few educational institutions that offer degrees or professional certificates in government contract management, and it’s understood that, despite your education, ...

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