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How Is Vendor Performance Assessed and Recorded in SAM?



Vendor performance in federal contracts is assessed through the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS) and the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). These systems are not directly part of SAM but are integrated with it and play a crucial role in federal contracting.

  1. Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS): CPARS is a web-based reporting system that allows government contracting officials and contractors to document the performance of contractors on federal contracts. The system captures contractor performance information through narrative descriptions and ratings.
  2. Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS): PPIRS is an integrated database that collects contractor performance information from various sources, including CPARS. Federal contracting officers use PPIRS to review a contractor’s past performance as part of the source selection process.

Once a contract is completed, the contracting officer assesses the contractor’s performance based on factors such as quality of work, timeliness, cost control, and business relations. This assessment is recorded in CPARS, which then feeds into PPIRS for use in future source selections.

While vendor performance information is not directly recorded in SAM, SAM is integrated with these systems, and the performance data can have a significant impact on a vendor’s ability to win future contracts. For this reason, it is important for vendors to be aware of their performance assessments and work to address any issues that may be identified.


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