GAO: Agencies Still Not Complying with Past Performance Reporting Requirements

According to a report issued today by the Government Accountability Office, federal government agencies generally have improved their level of compliance with contractor past performance reporting requirements, but the rate of compliance varies widely by agency and most have not met Office of Federal Procurement Policy performance targets.

For the top 10 agencies, based on the number of contracts requiring an evaluation, the compliance rate ranged from 13 percent (General Services Administration) to 83 percent (Department of Defense) as of April 2014.

According to an OFPP official, some agencies placed greater emphasis on documenting contractor performance, but workforce shortages and work priorities may hinder better compliance. The official said that OFPP plans to continue its oversight and provide additional training and guidance

GAO issued the report pursuant to Section 853 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (PL 112–239), which required the development of a strategy to ensure that timely, accurate, and complete information on contractor performance is included in past performance databases. The NDAA also required a change to the timeframes allowed for contractors to provide comments, rebuttals, or additional information pertaining to past performance information.

About William Van Huis

Bill Van Huis is a Senior Writer/Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business who tracks and analyzes new regulations impacting federal government contracting. He also follows court decisions involving bid protests and contract disputes. You can find his work in WK publications like Government Contract Reports and the FAR and DFARS Matrix Tools. Bill is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and he has a law degree from Southern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to joining WK, Bill worked both inside and outside state and local government in the areas of procurement and municipal finance. Bill also worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court.
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