Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-69, which will be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, contains a final rule, FAR Case 2012-009, that provides governmentwide standardized past performance evaluation factors and performance rating categories. The rule will require contracting officials to enter past performance information into the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). Two tables in revised FAR 42.1503 provide evaluation rating definitions and descriptions.
Generally, federal agencies must prepare evaluations of contractor performance for each contract, order, or modification that exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold. The evaluations must be prepared at least annually and at the time contract performance ends. The final rule is a culmination of a process that included two proposed rules (and two correcting amendments). The rules—published July 28, 2011, and September 6, 2012—generated a significant number of public comments that the FAR Councils considered in formulating the final rule. The rule will go into effect September 3, 2013.