Army Assessments of Contractors’ Past Performance Fall Short

Officials at five Army components failed to fully comply with rules for evaluating contractors’ past performance when awarding those firms work, the Defense Department inspector general reported on Monday.

The IG reviewed a sampling of contracts valued at $1.5 billion in operations support, services, information technology and ship repair at the National Guard Bureau; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the Engineering Support Center in Huntsville, Ala.; and the Army Contracting Commands at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Redstone Arsenal and Warren, Mich.

Generally speaking, the IG found sloppy work on the part of Army contracting officials: Of 56 performance assessment reports reviewed at the five components, 21 were not prepared within the required timeframe of 120 days and 52 did not include sufficient written narrative to justify the ratings or even ratings for all evaluation factors or descriptions of the contract purposes.

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