Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to accommodate the recent merger of the Architect-Engineer Contract Administration Support System (ACASS) and the Construction Contractor Appraisal Support System (CCASS) modules within the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) database.
Effective: June 8, 2015.
Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Curtis E. Glover, Sr., Procurement Analyst, at 202-501-1448, for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202-501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-82, FAR Case 2014-010.
End Further Info
Start Supplemental Information
DoD, GSA, and NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 79 FR 54949 on September 15, 2014, to standardize the past performance reporting requirements under the CPARS database in FAR subpart 42.15. One respondent submitted comments on the proposed rule.
II. Discussion and Analysis
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (the Councils) reviewed the public comments in the development of the final rule. A discussion of the comments and the changes made to the rule as a result of those comments are provided as follows:
A. Summary of Changes
There are no changes made in the final rule as a result of the public comments.
B. Public Comments
1. Continue To Use ACASS
Comment: The respondent requests that ACASS continue to be utilized because the ratings are more descriptive and appropriate to the design professionals than those in CPARS.
Response: ACASS will not continue to be utilized since the ACASS module was merged into CPARS on July 1, 2014. Appendix 3 of the “Guidance for Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS),” dated July 2014, provides specific instructions on describing the different aspects of the quality of the contractor's work and the contractor's management of a quality control program in the narrative of a CPARS evaluation for an Architect-Engineer contract or order. This guidance is accessible electronically at https://www.cpars.gov/cparsfiles/pdfs/CPARS-Guidance.pdf.
2. “Overall Rating” Added to CPARS
Comment: The respondent requests an “Overall Rating” be added to the CPARS rating system, similar to the ACASS system.
Response: An overall rating of contractor performance in CPARS is not advantageous, because the weight of the specific evaluation areas (quality, schedule, cost control, management, utilization of small business and regulatory compliance) is different for each contract being evaluated and each solicitation in which the offeror's past performance is being evaluated.
3. Interim Evaluations
Comment: The respondent suggests that the interim evaluation in CPARS be superseded by the final evaluation.
Response: The final evaluation is the last rating provided to date on a contract. Interim evaluations, combined with the final evaluation (or last evaluation to date), remain available in order to provide the entire picture of contractor performance under the contract for future source selection purposes.
C. Other Changes
For clarity, the final rule adds a reference to the past performance thresholds at paragraphs (b) through (f) of section 42.1502.
III. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563
Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.
IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act
DoD, GSA, and NASA certify that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the Start Printed Page 26427meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because this rule removes references to the ACASS and CCASS modules since these modules were merged into CPARS on July 1, 2014. This action will standardize the past performance reporting requirements for architect-engineer contracts and construction contracts under the CPARS database. This change does not impose any new requirements on small entities.
V. Paperwork Reduction Act
The rule does not contain any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).
Start List of Subjects
End List of Subjects
Dated: April 30, 2015.
Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.
Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR part 42 as set forth below:
PART 42—CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND AUDIT SERVICES
Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 42 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
Start Amendment Part
2. Amend section 42.1502 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: End Amendment Part
End Supplemental Information
(a) General. Past performance evaluations shall be prepared at least annually and at the time the work under a contract or order is completed. Past performance evaluations are required for contracts and orders as specified in paragraphs (b) through (f) of this section, including contracts and orders performed outside the United States. These evaluations are generally for the entity, division, or unit that performed the contract or order. Past performance information shall be entered into CPARS, the Governmentwide evaluation reporting tool for all past performance reports on contracts and orders. Instructions for submitting evaluations into CPARS are available at http://www.cpars.gov/.
* * * * *
[FR Doc. 2015-11030 Filed 5-6-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6820-EP-P