DATE: November 19, 2019
SUBJECT: Class Deviation from FAR 42.1502(b), (c), and (d) - Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) Thresholds
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.