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Aug 27, 2009

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Timothy

Why in the world are they still awarding contracts to companies that have terrible quality labor? Strictly because of the costs? That's ridiculous!

Neil Gordon

Jeff,

Thanks for your comment. POGO is definitely interested in your effort to obtain CPAR scores. Two years ago, we submitted a FOIA request to DoD seeking PPIRS performance grade records, but they would only give us the names of contractors included in PPIRS and nothing else. They said performance score data falls under the trade secrets/commercial data exemption and that its release would harm national security.

Good luck with your appeals!

Jeff Stachewicz, Counsel,FOIA Group, Inc.

TRANSPARENCY IS ANYTHING BUT CLEAR UNDER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: Government Contractor Performance Scores - I respectfully encourage you to look at the CPAR area. We have several FOIA appeals pending at DoD seeking the CPAR final rating scores, not narratives. This issue has stirred many internal rumbling between the agency’s old guard establishment and the new era of "transparency". Some of the interesting issues include: States are adopting comparable contract performance rating systems and making full disclosure to the public without any negative ramifications; the CPAR score go directly to the issue of how true is the Obama policy on transparency; last month the government published CPAR rating statistics that illustrate from 4,060 CPAR ratings completed for IT projects valued at more than $1M the Contracting Officials consider 22.8 % of the company’s evaluated to be below a “DEFINITELY WOULD AWARD” rating; and from 9,951 CPAR ratings completed for Systems type contracts, valued at $5M and greater, the report revealed that Contract Officials consider 27 % of these company’s to be below a “DEFINITELY WOULD AWARD” rating. The statistics do NOT disclose to “whom” or the total dollars of taxpayer funds directed to the underperforming contractors. Don’t the taxpayers have a right to know?
The whole matter presents many interesting policy and legal issues. This is a case of first impression for the courts, but we like our chances. If you would like any more info on what we are doing to secure the CPAR scores please feel free to contact me. Best regards - Jeff Stachewicz

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