A Past Performance Evaluation assesses a contractor’s performance and provides a record, both positive and negative, on a Federal contract. Source selection boards are required to use performance evaluation material in determining award on most Federal contracts based upon prior history. Each evaluation is supposed to be based on objective facts and supported by contract management data, such as contract performance elements that evaluate quality, timely performance, effectiveness of management, and compliance with contract terms, labor standards, and safety requirements.
The Contractor must actively defend its rights and should immediately challenge improper evaluations. The Contractor must recognize and document arbitrary and capricious actions by the Government personnel in assigning an inaccurate and unfair performance evaluation, as well as potential breaches of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing in filing an unfair and inaccurate performance evaluation.