A new Acquisition Alert from the General Services Administration includes guidance for contracting officers for contractor self-assessments. GSA Senior Procurement Executive Jeff Koses says the self-assessments can go into the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System.
- Former Acting GSA Administrator Jim Williams said this move will improve the “broken” CPARS, which incentivizes giving everyone average scores.
- While there is a risk that contractors will give themselves too high of a rating, Williams said gaps between what the government thinks and what the contractor thinks are a good opportunity for discussion.
- Williams said ideally CPARS will become a motivator for contractor performance, a significant factor in source selection decisions and a good way to measure achievement of additional goals from the Biden administration, such as addressing climate change.