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DATE: July 5, 2002

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Contractor Performance Information

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 5, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 129, page 44777

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NFS 1842.1502, Policy, is amended to delete the requirement for interim performance evaluations on contracts whose anniversary of award coincides with or occurs within three months of the end of the contract.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 5, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yolande Harden, NASA, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK); 202-358-1279; e-mail: yharden@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This final rule eliminates redundancy in performance evaluations on contracts where the length of time between the last interim evaluation and the final evaluation is relatively short.

Paragraph (a) of NFS 1842.1502 stated, "Within 60 days of every anniversary of the award of a contract having a term exceeding one year, contracting officers must conduct interim evaluations of performance on contracts subject to FAR Subpart 42.15 [Contractor Performance Information] and this subpart. On such contracts, both an interim evaluation covering the last period of performance and a final evaluation summarizing all performance must be conducted...." However, when the award anniversary is within three months of the end of the contract, the requirement to conduct both an interim and final evaluation creates an added burden on the evaluators as well as the contractor. Typically, there is little or no change in contractor performance during such a short span of time, particularly at the end of a contract, to warrant an additional interim evaluation. Therefore, the final sentence quoted above is removed, and the following two sentences are added in its place: "Interim evaluations are not required on contracts whose award anniversary is within 3 months of the end of the contract period of performance. The final evaluation will include an evaluation of the period between the last interim evaluation and the end of the contract period of performance."

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