There will be an improved Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) effective July 1, 2014.

According to Acquisition Central, the CPARS, Architect-Engineer Contract Administration Support System (ACASS) and Contractor Appraisal Support System (CCASS) are being merged into a single application under the CPARS name in order to standardize the contractor performance evaluation process across the entire Federal Government. The merger implements section 853 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and section 806 of the NDAA for FY 2012.

The CPARS, ACASS, and CCASS performance evaluation systems contain different evaluation forms, rating elements and workflow processes. The merger of the three systems is designed to simplify the evaluation process by ultimately producing a common evaluation form with a common set of rating elements, and a common set of workflow process.

CPARS users should have been receiving emails every two weeks since January, recommending they complete any in-process CPARS evaluations prior to the July 1 merger. Consequently, any performance assessment that was in progress as of June 27, 2014 will be returned to draft status, to be re-completed using the new CPARS.

Additional information about this change can be found at on the CPARS website.