By: Michael H. Payne
The Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 (Public Law 110-417) was enacted on October 14, 2008. Section 872 of the Act required the development and maintenance of an information system that contains specific information on the integrity and performance of covered Federal agency contractors and grantees. The Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (“FAPIIS”) was developed to address these requirements. FAPIIS is a distinct application that is accessed through the Past Performance Information System (PPIRS) and is available to federal acquisition professionals for their use in award and responsibility determinations. FAPIIS provides users access to integrity and performance information from the FAPIIS reporting module in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), proceedings information from the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database, and suspension/disbarment information from the Excluded Parties List system (EPLS). (Past performance information on construction contracts is stored in the Construction Contractor Appraisal Support System “CCASS”).
Contractors need to be aware that FAPIIS includes information relating to a contractor’s past performance reviews, suspensions, debarments, nonresponsibility determinations, and civil, criminal and administrative proceedings that include a contractor’s performance of federal, state and local contracts. Since contracting officers will be reviewing this information when they conduct responsibility determinations, contractors need to be certain that the information is accurate. In addition, since some of the information, excluding past performance information, is available for public review, there is a possibility that competitors will look for information to use against a contractor in a bid protest. That provides all the more reason that contractors should be diligent in assuring that inaccurate information does not remain on the system.
The new requirements, that became effective on April 15, 2011, are implemented by FAR 9.104-7 and the clause found at FAR 52.209-9., and further information can be found at the Contractor Performance Appraisal Reporting System (“CPARS”) website, and by reading the FAPIIS User Manual.
Michael H. Payne is the Chairman of the firm’s Federal Practice Group and, together with other experienced members of the group, frequently advises contractors on compliance and federal procurement matters.