Watchdog Finds Uneven Assessment of Army Contractors

Source: Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight, July 28, 2016

The U.S. Army is not consistently following the rules for evaluating contractor performance, according to a Department of Defense Inspector General (IG) report released on Monday. … The IG reviewed 56 PARs prepared by five Army components on contracts worth a total of $1.5 billion. The IG found 52 of the 56 PARs were incomplete or did not include sufficient written justifications for the performance ratings given. For example, officials rated some contractors as “exceptional” or “very good,” but the IG determined that the written narratives justified a lower “satisfactory” rating. Additionally, 21 of the 56 PARs were not prepared within the required timeframe of 120 days, and the average delay among all five components was 59 days. The average delay at the Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama was an astonishing 146 days. …