A 51C staff sergeants performs all the traditional duties expected of any staff sergeant in the Army (assisting in preparation of an operation order, for example, or using or assisting in the military problem-solving process. 51C staff sergeants also assist sergeants first class in the MOS in their conduct of duties. In units with a personnel shortage, where workload exceeds personnel capacity, or where a staff sergeant is very experienced, a staff sergeant may assume some or all of the duties of a sergeant first class. Staff sergeants may be eligible to serve as warranted contracting officers (able to obligate the U.S. government) depending on unit, command and Army policies. They serve as contracting NCOs in a contracting team, contracting battalion, contracting support brigade or other table of distribution and allowances/generating force organization. In contracting battalions and contracting support brigades, they can be found in the Command or Contract Administration Services section. Dependent on their experience and competence level, 51C staff sergeants assist or are responsible for:
(a) Establishing a contracting work center.
(b) Soliciting contract actions.
(c) Processing and executing purchase orders.
(d) Performing contract administration and management (e.g., performing contract award orientations; notifying unsuccessful offerors; performing post-contract award synopsis; processing contract protests; exercising contract options; monitoring contract performance and quality assurance; processing contract documents for payment; modifying contracts; processing unauthorized commitments; training and managing contracting officer representatives; terminating contracts; and processing claims).
(e) Performing specific tasks related to contingency contract administration services (e.g., administering contract-related property requirements, terms, and conditions; providing property management system analysis; administering use of government sources by contractors; administering quality assurance; performing audit services; monitoring subcontract management; and managing the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program).
(f) Processing and executing orders through the General Services Administration.
(g) Serving as curators of paper and electronic contract files.
(h) Preparing for individual deployment.
(i) Administering a contract support integration plan, which details how commands in a theater of operation request and receive contract support.
(j) Reviewing a contract requirement package.