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Jim Williams, Partner at Schambach & Williams Consulting, explains the purpose of GSA’s Acquisition Alert for contracting officers

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.
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