utilize the following sources to support a contractor responsibility determination: Records and experience data, including verifiable knowledge of personnel within the contracting office, audit offices, contract administration offices, and other contracting offices Information provided by the prospective contractor – including bid or proposal information, questionnaire replies, financial data, information on production equipment, and personnel information Commercial sources of supplier information of a type offered to buyers in the private sector Other sources such as publications; suppliers, subcontractors, and customers of the prospective contractor; financial institutions; government agencies; and business and trade associations Catalogs and other generally available product literature published by manufacturers, distributors, and dealers or available online If the contract is for construction, the contracting officer may consider performance evaluation reports Step 2: Evaluating the Performance Record Reviewing a contractor’s performance record is another way to assess a prospective contractor’s ability to satisfactorily perform the contract requirements. Exceptional performance indicates a greater probability of delivery of high-quality products and services that are on time and within cost. That makes sense, Ms. Long. Can you please explain the difference between reviewing a performance record and reviewing an offeror’s past performance? They seem to be the same thing to me. I can see why you are confused by this, given the overlapping nature of these two processes. Let me see if I can provide the clarity you need... It is important to understand that past performance information can be used for two purposes: source selection criterion and as part of a responsibility determination. FAR 15.304(c)(3)(i) requires us to use past performance as a source selection evaluation criterion for negotiated competitive acquisitions over the simplified acquisition threshold/DoD Deviation ( DoD Deviation: There is a DoD deviation, 2013-O0018 dated September 2013, that establishes alternate thresholds that require past performance as a source selection evaluation criterion. They are: Systems and operations support acquisitions expected to exceed $5,000,000
Services and information technology acquisitions expected to exceed $1,000,000 Ship repair and overhaul acquisitions expected to exceed $500,000 ) When making a responsibility determination , you always have to evaluate a contractor’s performance record (including past performance and other sources of performance information). Remember, the main purpose of the performance evaluation as part of a responsibility determination is to appropriately consider each offeror's demonstrated record of contract compliance in supplying products and services that meet users' needs.
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