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Operational Contract Support
Operational Contract Support (OCS) is the process of planning for and obtaining supplies, services, and construction from commercial sources in support of joint operations. Operational contract support includes the associated contract support integration, contracting support, and contractor management functions.

AFRICOM OCS Enduring Truths

  • Standards are expeditionary and austere
  • Maximize local procurement and/or local labor
  • Maximize use of existing contracts
  • Maximize on-site Contracting Officer Representatives (COR)
  • Minimize impact on current local prices

USAFRICOM’s Operational Contract Support Collaboration Portal provides information for requiring and contracting activities, on U.S. Africa Command OCS planning factors, management, policies, contract support requirements, Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreements and OCS Boards, Bureaus, Centers, Cells and Working Groups (B2C2WG), during all phases of operations.

It is hosted on Intelink and requires an “Intelink Passport” which allows users to register for an account using their IC-PKI certificate or through a self-registration process.

To self-register: 

USAFRICOM OCS Collaboration Portal:

Contracting Opportunities: 

Contracting authority (under Title 10) does not exist at USAFRICOM HQ. Contracts are solicited, negotiated and/or awarded through the military service components.

FedBizOpps, or FBO, is the Federal Government's system of record, where all Federal procurement opportunities with a value over $25,000.00 are posted. If you are interested in contracting opportunities in the U.S. Africa Command AOR, please visit:

Requiring activities should contact their supporting contracting office/agency for guidance and requirements in obtaining contracting support.

Joint activities with no organic/habitual contracting support capability may present their requirements for contracting support at the monthly USAFRICOM OSC Working Group for possible Joint solutions to contracting capability shortfalls. This should be coordinated well in advance of the requirement to facilitate a tasking order for Joint solutions. For more information, please consult the USAFRICOM OCS Collaboration Portal

DoD Foreign Clearance Guide

Theater entry requirements are determined by the Combatant Commander (COCOM) and listed in the DoD Foreign Clearance Manual/Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG).

The FCG also contains restrictions imposed by applicable international and local laws, SOFAs, and HN support agreements.

USAFRICOM theater entry requirements pertain to all DoD military, civilian, and contractor personnel travelling in any capacity into and within the US Africa Command Area of Responsibility. For more information, consult the USAFRICOM Travel to Africa page.

Contractor Management

Contractor management involves the control, support, and integration of contractor personnel and their associated equipment deploying and operating in the operational area.

Use of Synchronized Pre-deployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT) is mandatory in the USAFRICOM AOR, to account for all contractors, regardless of dollar value or period of performance.  See DFARS 252.225-7980 (Deviation 2016-O008)

DoD contractors are also required to submit a request via the Aircraft and Personnel Automated Clearance System (APACS). APACS allows simultaneous processing of Country, Theater, and Special Area clearances. NIPR APACS is the default submission mode unless travel is classified or involves VIPs. For more information, consult the USAFRICOM Travel to Africa page.

Deployment Requirements, Theater Reception and Force Protection Requirements can be found on the USAFRICOM Travel to Africa Page


General Guidance for Contracting Officers and Requiring Activities:

U.S. Department of State General Services Officers (GSOs) are not responsible for providing procurement and contracting support for DoD activities beyond limited support to U.S. Government Personnel permanently assigned at post covered by the local International Cooperative Administrative Support Services agreement.

Military activities are responsible for providing procurement and contracting support of theater security cooperation efforts conducted in support of combatant commander/Chief of Mission, to include military exercises/training, base operations, weapons procurement, aviation fuels and construction and the President's Emergency Plan for Aids relief.

Policies specific to the USAFRICOM AOR:

The Defense Contingency Contracting (DCC) Handbook website provides essential information, tools, and training to help DoD Contingency Contracting Officers (CCOs) and other Operational Contract Support (OCS) staff meet the challenges they may face in contingency environments.

Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR): 

The Defense Contingency COR Handbook and related documents to include checklists are located here.

As of 10 Feb 14, DoD agencies and components are required to use the DoD Contracting Officer Representative Tracking (CORT) tool to electronically track COR nominations, appointments, terminations, and training certifications for service contracts. See DFARS PGI 201.6

Additional information on the CORT tool is available here.

Additional contingency contracting resources to include tools, business processes and reports are available at:

Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreements (ACSA).
This link provides a listing of current ACSA agreements worldwide (CAC enabled)

Approved Food & Water Database: This link provides Information and guidance on food and drinking water safety, inspections, sources, service facilities, and sanitation.


For any question, please contact:
USAFRICOM Operational Contract Support Integration Cell (OCSIC), ACJ443

DSN: 314-421-3532/7019

E-Mail: USAFRICOM OCSIC Group Mailbox