The Defense Department’s contracting chief, Frank Kendall, has called for renewed emphasis on the importance of agency reporting on contractor performance.
In a January 9, 2014 memorandum to the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition workforce, DoD Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics points out that while the reporting goal for FY14 is 95 percent, compliance with the goal is at only 81.5 percent department-wide.
Only first quarter FY14 data are available at this point. Past performance reports are to be filed in Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS).
An analysis of first quarter FY14 data shows that while five units within DoD have a reporting record of 90 percent or better, there are eight DoD units with 50 percent or lower reporting compliance. Most of these are small units with a small amount of contracting activity.
A DoD unit with a significant number of contract closeouts coupled with a high rate of reporting non-compliance is the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). DCMA’s reporting percentage is 68.5 percent.
The Navy, Army and Air Force have the highest numbers of contracts and contract closeouts. While their levels of reporting are relatively high (85, 78, and 87 percent, respectively), each has a high number of overdue reports as of the end of the first quarter. The Army has 8,810 past due reports, while the Navy and Air Force have 3,023 and 1,737 late reports, respectively.
The memorandum and its attachment can be seen here: USA000068-14-DPAP.