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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Past Performance Evaluation of Orders

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Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


Proposed rule.


The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require past performance evaluation of certain orders, and to ensure that subcontracting management is addressed during evaluation of a contractor's past performance.


Interested parties should submit comments in writing on or before August 22, 2005 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.


Submit comments identified by FAR case 2004-012 by any of the following methods:

Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite FAR case 2004-012 in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received will be posted without change to​far/​ProposedRules/​proposed.htm, including any personal information provided.

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The FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755 for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Ms. Jeritta Parnell, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-4082. Please cite FAR case 2004-012.

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A. Background

Currently, there is no FAR Part 42 requirement to evaluate a contractor's subcontract management efforts in performing under Government contracts. This proposed amendment will ensure that the acquisition community considers a prime contractor's management of subcontracts, including management of small business subcontracting plan goals, as part of the overall assessment of performance on contracts and orders. The effect of this amendment is that subcontract management efforts will be recorded for use in past performance evaluations during source selection.

This proposed amendment will add a requirement for contracting officers to evaluate a contractor's management of subcontracts, including meeting the goals in its small business subcontracting plans, and evaluate past performance on—

  • Orders exceeding $100,000 placed against a Federal Supply Schedule contract or a task-order contract or delivery-order contract awarded by another agency (i.e., Governmentwide acquisition contract or multi-agency contract);
  • Single agency task-order and delivery-order contracts over $100,000 when such evaluations would produce more useful past performance information for source selection than in the overall contract evaluation.

This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Councils do not expect this proposed 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 merely enhances clarity of current agency business practices. An Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has, therefore, not been performed. We invite comments from small businesses and other interested parties. The Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Part 42 in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. (FAR case 2004-012), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the proposed changes to the FAR do not impose 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 42

  • Government procurement
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Dated: June 15, 2005.

Julia B. Wise,

Director, Contract Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA propose amending 48 CFR part 42 as set forth below:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 42 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c).

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2. Amend section 42.1501, in the second sentence, by adding after the word “satisfaction;” the phrase “the contractor's management of subcontracts, including meeting the goals in its subcontracting plans;”.

3. Revise section 42.1502 to read as follows:


(a) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, agencies shall prepare an evaluation of contractor performance at the time the work under the contract or order is completed—

(1) For each contract in excess of $100,000;

(2) For each order in excess of $100,000 placed against a Federal Supply Schedule contract or a task-order contract or delivery-order contract awarded by another agency (i.e., Governmentwide acquisition contract or multi-agency contract); and

(3) For single agency task order and delivery order contracts, the contracting officer may require performance evaluations for each order in excess of $100,000 when such evaluations would Start Printed Page 35602produce more useful past performance information for source selection officials than that contained in the overall contract evaluation (e.g., when the scope of the basic contract is very broad and the nature of individual orders could be significantly different).

(b) Interim evaluations should be prepared as specified by the agencies to provide current information for source selection purposes, for contracts or orders with a period of performance, including options, exceeding one year.

(c) The evaluation of contractor performance is generally for the entity, division, or unit that performed the contract or order. The content and format of performance evaluations shall be established in accordance with agency procedures and should be tailored to the size, content, and complexity of the contractual requirements. These procedures shall require an assessment of contractor performance against, and efforts to achieve, the goals identified in the small business subcontracting plan when the contract includes the clause at 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan.

(d) Agencies shall not evaluate performance for contracts awarded under Subpart 8.7. Agencies shall evaluate construction contractor performance and architect/engineer contractor performance in accordance with 36.201 and 36.604, respectively.

4. Amend section 42.1503 by revising paragraph (a); and removing from paragraph (e) the word “contract”. The revised text reads as follows:


(a) Agency procedures for past performance evaluations will generally include input from the technical office, contracting office and, where appropriate, end users of the product or service.

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[FR Doc. 05-12183 Filed 6-20-05; 8:45 am]