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GAO Report Confirms DOD’s Efforts to Limit Contractor Comment Period to Past Performance Assessments

The GAO recently published its report regarding its review of the Department of Defense’s actions and effectiveness in contractor performance assessments. The report entitled “Contractor Performance: DOD Actions to Improve the Reporting of Past Performance Information,” was required by Section 806 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, in an effort to analyze and address DOD deficiencies in tracking contractor performance previously identified by GAO.

In its most recent review, GAO found improvements in DOD’s strategy for improving contractor past performance assessments. Most notably, GAO found that DOD has provided additional training to its acquisition workforce and had developed tools and metrics to improve oversight. In turn, GAO noted that submission of required assessments had also increased from 56% to 74% from October 2011 to April 2013.

However, GAO noted that, “[d]espite this progress, DOD faces challenges completing assessments on time,” which “DOD officials attribute the lack of timeliness to acquisition workforce shortages, turnover, and the difficulty in obtaining needed information.” In response and consistent with the requirements of NDAA for 2012, GAO confirmed that DOD in conjunction with other agencies has been working on a regulatory change that would reduce the time allowed for contractors to submit comments on draft assessments from thirty (30) days to fourteen (14) days.

(http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/655594.pdf)

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