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July 31, 2016

US DoD IG report alleges improper evaluation of army contractors

The US Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) has revealed in a report that the US Army is not consistently complying with rules for assessing contractor performance.

By Srivari Aishwarya

The US Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) has revealed in a report that the US Army is not consistently complying with rules for assessing contractor performance.

During the investigation, the IG found that most of the performance assessment reports (PARs) that are used for measuring contractor performance were incomplete.

The IG reviewed 56 PARs prepared by five army components on contracts totalling $1.5bn.

Of the PARs reviewed, 52 were found to be incomplete or did not include sufficient written justifications for the performance ratings given.

The IG said: “It is imperative for PARs to include detailed, quality-written information.

“Each PAR should effectively communicate contractor strengths and weaknesses to source selection officials.”

According to the report, 21 PARs were not prepared within the required timeframe of 120 days, and the average delay among all five components was 59 days.

"Each PAR should effectively communicate contractor strengths and weaknesses to source selection officials.”

The report also highlighted that an average delay at the Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, was146 days.

The IG found that the five components lacked procedures addressing contract registration and PAR compliance with federal contracting regulations.

They were also said to be insufficiently trained on how to use the contractor performance assessment reporting system (CPARS), a database used to prepare PARs.

Figures released by the report show that the five components’ compliance has improved since fiscal year 2010 and they are preparing more PARs and in a more timely manner than six years ago.

The IG conducts, supervises, monitors, and initiates audits, evaluations, and investigations relating to DoD programmes and operations.


Image: US Department of Defense Inspector General found uneven assessment of Army contractors. Photo: courtesy of US Army Europe.

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