Is the language at 42.1502(h) specific to submitting Past Performance as part of a CPARS assessment, or does it mean that we also cannot evaluate past performance as part of the evaluation criteria for a solicitation?
In accordance with CD 2013-O0018, DoD requires past performance reporting for contracts awarded under FAR subpart 8.7 when thresholds provided in this class deviation are exceeded. I could not find any specific prohibition in FAR subpart 8.7 or DFARS subpart 208.7 to the use of past performance evaluation criteria in the solicitation. Also, we can infer from the class deviation referenced above that past performance should be evaluated as part of the award decision, which would be consistent with the commonly held view that past performance is supposed to be evaluated in every acquisition.
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