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In regard to replacement of a US Savings Bond an authorized certifying officer are those people who have been qualified as that under the US Savings Bond program. These officers are usually available at a bank, trust company, or credit union from which you can get savings bonds. I don't know what type of program they actually go through to get certified but any place that sells savings bond will have an authorized certifying officer.
This link is supposed to have a list of places in LA county that carry savings bonds but I was having a problem getting the website to open today:
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