DATE: February 20, 2002

SUBJECT: Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR); Contractor Performance Evaluations

SOURCE: Federal Register, February 20, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 34, page 7657

AGENCIES: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: EPA is proposing to amend EPAAR 1509.170 and EPAAR 1552.209-76, both entitled "Contractor Performance Evaluations," to allow contracting officers to use the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Contractor Performance System to record contractor performance system for construction-type acquisitions in place of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) prescribed Standard Form (SF) 1420, Performance Evaluation (Construction Contracts).

EDITOR'S NOTE: The EPA Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR) is Chapter 15 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It is available on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/oamrfp12/ptod/epaar.pdf.

DATES: Comments must be submitted no later than March 22, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments on the proposed rule to Frances Smith at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Acquisition Management, Mail Code 3802R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Ariel Rios Building, Washington, DC 20460, or by e-mail to Smith.Frances@epa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frances Smith, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Acquisition Management, 202-564-4368.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: EPA contracting officers are required by EPAAR 1509.170-5, Policy, to use the services module of the NIH system to evaluate the performance of contractors that are awarded EPA contracts in excess of $100,000. However, EPA does not use the construction module of the NIH system because FAR 36.201, Evaluation of Contractor Performance, requires that an SF 1420 be prepared upon completion of all construction contracts over $500,000.

NIH obtained approval from the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council regarding the use of its construction module in place of the SF 1420. Therefore, EPA proposes to make the following revisions to the EPAAR to authorize the use of the NIH construction module for contractor performance evaluation instead of the SF 1420:

EDITOR'S NOTE: EPAAR 1536.201, Evaluation of Contractor Performance, requires the preparation of a SF 1420 within two weeks after final acceptance of contract work or contract termination. This should be removed for consistency with these proposed changes.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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