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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Provisional Award Fee Payments

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Department of Defense (DoD).


Proposed rule with request for comments.


DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to address the use of provisional award fee payments under cost-plus-award-fee contracts. The rule provides for successfully performing contractors to receive a portion of award fees within an evaluation period, prior to an interim or final evaluation for that period.


DoD will consider all comments received by January 21, 2003.


Respondents may submit comments directly on the World Wide Web at​dar/​dfars.nsf/​pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: Please cite DFARS Case 2001-D013 in the subject line of e-mailed comments.

Respondents that cannot submit comments using either of the above methods may submit comments to: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Sandra Haberlin, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2001-D013.

At the end of the comment period, interested parties may view public comments on the World Wide Web at​dar/​dfars.nsf.

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Ms. Sandra Haberlin, (703) 602-0289.

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A. Background

Cost-reimbursement contracts containing award fees typically provide for an award fee payment no more frequently than every 6 months. This practice may place an undue financial burden on an otherwise successfully performing contractor. Therefore, the proposed rule provides for the payment of provisional award fees within an evaluation period, prior to an interim or final evaluation for that period. The provisional payments are based on (1) successful evaluations for prior evaluation periods, and (2) the fee determining official's expectation that payment of provisional fee amounts will not reduce the overall effectiveness of the award fee incentive.

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD does not expect this rule to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule applies only to cost-plus-award-fee contracts. Most contracts awarded to small entities use simplified acquisition procedures or are awarded on a competitive, fixed-price basis. Therefore, DoD has not performed an Start Printed Page 70389initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other interested parties. DoD also will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2001-D013.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the rule does not impose any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 216

  • Government procurement
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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR Part 216 as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Part 216 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

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is amended by adding paragraph (b)(3) to read as follows:
Cost-plus-award-fee contracts.
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(3) The CPAF contract may include provisional award fee payments. A provisional award fee payment is a payment made within an evaluation period prior to an interim or final evaluation for that period. The contracting officer may include provisional award fee payments in a CPAF contract on a case-by-case basis, provided those payments'

(A) Are made no more frequently than monthly;

(B) Are limited to no more than—

(1) For the initial award fee evaluation period, 50 percent of the award fee available for that period; and

(2) For subsequent award fee evaluation periods, 80 percent of the evaluation score for the prior evaluation period times the award fee available for the current period, e.g., if the contractor received 90 percent of the award fee available for the prior evaluation period, provisional payments for the current period shall not exceed 72 percent (90 percent x 80 percent) of the award fee available for the current period;

(C) Are superceded by an interim or final award fee evaluation for the applicable evaluation period. If provisional payments have exceeded the payment determined by the evaluation score for the applicable period, the contractor shall either credit the next payment voucher for the amount of the overpayment or refund the difference to the Government, as directed by the contracting officer; and

(D) May be discontinued, or reduced in such amounts deemed appropriate by the contracting officer, when the contracting officer determines that the contractor will not achieve a level of performance commensurate with the provisional payment. The contracting officer shall notify the contractor in writing of any discontinuance or reduction in provisional award fee payments.

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[FR Doc. 02-29466 Filed 11-21-02; 8:45 am]