DATE: July 21, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Exemption of Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II Contracts from Interim Past Performance Evaluations

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 21, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 141, page 45308

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is revising NFS 1842.1502, Policy, to make interim past performance evaluations under FAR Subpart 42.15, Contractor Performance Information, optional for SBIR/STTR Phase II contracts.

EDITOR'S NOTE: On June 5, 2000, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) published "Best Practices for Collecting and Using Current and Past Performance Information," which is available at http://www.arnet.gov/Library/OFPP/BestPractices/pastpeformguide.html. For more on the guidebook, see the June 13, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP); Best Practices for Collecting and Using Current and Past Performance Information."

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 21, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Brundage, NASA Headquarters, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC 20456-0001, 202-358-0481, email: pbrundage@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: NASA centers have reported that interim evaluations on SBIR/STTR contracts are usually perfunctory and without substance because there is seldom anything to evaluate until contract completion. Therefore, this final rule revises paragraph (a) of NFS 1842.1502, which requires contracting officers to conduct interim performance evaluations on contracts subject to FAR Subpart 42.15 and exceed one year in duration, by adding following sentence: "However, interim past performance evaluations are optional for SBIR/STTR Phase II procurements."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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