DATE: November 19, 2019

SUBJECT: Class Deviation from FAR 42.1502(b), (c), and (d) - Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) Thresholds

TO: HCAs/Procurement Directors/Contracting Officers
FROM: Chief, Contract and Financial Assistance Policy Division, Office of Policy, Office of Acquisition Management


FAR policy generally requires that agencies evaluate contractor performance on all contracts and orders that exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT). (Note: contracts for construction and A&E services have separate thresholds, as discussed below.). While the SAT itself is statutory, the linkage of CPARS reporting to the SAT was a regulatory policy decision; as such, deviations are permissible, in accordance with FAR subpart 1.4.

To increase efficiencies throughout the Department, this class deviation increases the CPARS reporting threshold in FAR 42.1502(b), (c), and (d) to $1 million for other than small business contracts. Contracts with small business concerns are exempted from this deviation; this will allow such entities to continue generating past performance information, better positioning them for future business opportunities. Also excluded from this deviation are construction contracts and architect-engineer (A-E) contracts; those CPARS thresholds remain at $700,000 and $35,000 respectively, consistent with the FAR.

This deviation may be implemented in both new and existing DOE contracts.

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