Determining the Value of Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) Narratives for the Acquisition Process

Report Number: NPS-CM-14-022

Series: Contract Management

Category: Past Performance

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Sean Black, Jarred Henley, Matt Clute

Title: Determining the Value of Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) Narratives for the Acquisition Process

Published: 2014-05-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Graduate Student

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2014/NPS-CM-14-022.pdf

Keywords: Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), Past Performance Information (PPI), Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS), Service Contracts, Contract Narratives, Source Se

Abstract:

The Department of Defense (DoD) has seen unprecedented growth in spending for service contracts since 1990 (Ellman, Livergood, Morrow, & Sanders, 2011) during the same period in which there has been a general reduction in the DoD acquisition workforce. The department is attempting to do more with less, year after year. The level of scrutiny focused upon DoD service contracts by the upper echelons of the DoD, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and Congress has increased as the spending on service contracts continues to increase relative to both inflation and the percentage of the entire DoD contracting budget (Hart, Stover, & Wilhite, 2013).