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Federal Contracting Answer Book, 3rd Edition by Terrence M. O'Connor

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CHAPTER

14

PAST PERFORMANCE

Past performance is the new kid on the procurement block. It is a mandatory evaluation factor for negotiated procurements over $150,000. The FAR allows exceptions, such as when it doesn’t make sense because the item is brand new. In the past, negotiated procurements did not have to consider past performance as a specific evaluation factor. Nor was past performance as such considered in sealed bidding.

But past performance has always played some role in the award of a government contract. For both types of procurements, past performance was considered one element of the responsibility determination made by the CO for ...

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