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  1. Award Term (AT) September 14, 2007 Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  2. AT Standardization Team Members • Laurie DeClaire, Contracting Officer (CO), Institutional Procurement Office • Roberta Beckman, Team Lead, Projects Procurement Office • Billy Autry, Deputy Manager, Procurement Policy & Systems Office • Jessica Miller, Team Lead, Institutional Procurement Office • Stephanie Hunter, CO, Projects Procurement Office • John Trahan, Team Lead, Space Station Procurement Office • Lara Procknow, Contract Specialist, Institutional Procurement Office • Delene Sedillo, Manager, Projects Procurement Office • Susan Sinclair, Technical, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), Robotics, & Crew Systems Operations • Liz Fountain, Alternate Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR), Orion Project, Constellation Program Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  3. Goals of the Presentation • Explain how Award Term may be implemented at JSC. • Obtain Industry feedback on JSC’s approach to Award Term. Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  4. AT Defined • What is Award Term Contracting? • A non-monetary incentive that can stand alone or be used in combination with other contract incentives. • A disciplined process used to determine whether to continue a longer business relationship with a contractor. • Contracts with a potential length greater than 5 years require a request for a deviation from FAR 17.204(e) & NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) 1817.204(e)(i). • It rewards a contractor with excellent performance with legal entitlement to a contract extension, conditioned only on: • The continuing need for the services • Reasonableness of price • The availability of funds • It is not an option as defined in FAR 2.101. • Under a true AT incentive, if the contractor’s performance meets the AT criteria stipulated in the contract & if any stipulated conditions such as a continuing need & availability of funds are met, then the Government must either extend the contract or terminate it for convenience or default. Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  5. AT Use JSC’s recommended position is to use the AF guidelines as our approach to AT. • From our research, AT has been used on all contract types. • Cost Plus Incentive Fee (CPIF) • Firm Fixed Price (FFP)/Fixed Price Incentive (FPI) • Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) • Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) • Cost Plus Award Fee (CPAF) • When is it appropriate to use Award Term? • Service Contracts • Recurring requirements • When there is a known or anticipated requirement for service that extends beyond 5 years • The desired level of performance is feasible, but would be challenging to achieve • Exceptional contractor performance would be beneficial & desirable • Performance, to a large extent, can be objectively measured • In order to continue to motivate the contractor, JSC’s position is to use CPAF during periods not subject to an AT evaluation. Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  6. Team’s Charter • The Team was commissioned to develop an Award Term Plan Template which would be acceptable to the Agency and would contain the features that have been shown to best motivate contractors. • Develop a recommended evaluation format utilizing, where appropriate, the features of the award fee standardization team. Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  7. Team’s Approach • Research and gather data on this new form of contract incentive • Review existing contracts, regulations, and procedures of implementing Award Term • Collect Best Practices • Features of the Award Term Plans in place • Lessons learned by those implementing Award Term • Use lessons learned to develop Award Term Plan, Clauses, & Evaluation Methodology • Final Objective: To develop products resulting in an award term evaluation plan, policy and clause guidance, Performance Evaluation Board (PEB) guidance, and presentation and training materials. Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  8. Team’s Products • Award Term Plan Template • Award Term/Award Fee Plan Template • Contract provisions that describe the rights and obligations of the parties under the incentive • Award Term Performance Evaluation Board Standardization Charts • Products may be found on the Procurement External Website at http://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/procpub.htm Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  9. Features of AT Plan • Award Term Plan • Introduction • Description of the plan and unique features • Evaluation periods determination of annual score • Cost gate • Shadow period • AT evaluation is final • Organizational structure • Performance Evaluation Board (PEB) Integration Team (IT) • PEB • Award Term Official (ATO) • Evaluation Period and Incentive Structure • The schedule Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  10. Features of AT Plan (Con’t) • Award Term Plan • Evaluation Criteria and Weight • Mirrors Award Fee (AF) with the exception of cost • Evaluation procedures • AOEs • Contractor self-evaluation • PEB findings • ATO Preliminary AT determination • Contractor response time • ATO Performance Determination • CAP • Changes to the AT Performance Evaluation Plan • Unilateral & mutual agreement changes • Performance Metrics Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  11. AT Contract Period of Performance Scenarios Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  12. AT Contract Period of Performance Scenarios (Con’t) Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  13. Features of AF/AT Plan Template • Contains the features discussed in the AT plan with the following additions • Two separate and distinct evaluations occur • Award Fee • Award Term • Award Fee earned at end of each 6 month evaluation • Award Term is preliminary for the first 6 month evaluation, final after the second 6 month evaluation • Added Appendices for Award Fee score conversion and Award Fee distribution Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  14. Highlights of AT Standardization Evaluation • Evaluation Criteria • Cost gate (Meet/Does Not Meet) • Mirrors the AF Standardization Guidelines in the areas of Technical, Management, Safety, Small Business, etc. • Unique Features of AT • Maximum period of performance up to 10 years • Two semi-annual evaluation periods (scores averaged annually) • AT earned only when an annual rating of excellent is achieved • Shadow period (mock evaluation) Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  15. AT Performance Evaluation Board (PEB) Standardization Charts • Award Term (AT) Evaluations mirror Award Fee Evaluations with a few exceptions • Award Term/Award Fee contract features include: • Prime Contractor • Key Subcontractors • Period of Performance • Contract Type • Options • Award Term unique contract features include: • AT Plan • Fee structure will remain stable during the evaluation period • Cost Gate must be met before AT Evaluation performed • Award Term decision based on two successive evaluation periods • Unearned AT is lost • Award Term Official (ATO) rather than Fee Determination Official (FDO) Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  16. Rollout of AT Activities • Provide feedback on our proposed approach to ‘Got Input’ at http://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/procpub.htm by September 21, 2007 • Review & revise process based on comments • Brief Management • Final posting of any changes to the following website: http://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/procpub.htm Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  17. Click here to find Award Term Products Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data

  18. Award Term Products will be located here Performance Evaluation Guidance - Sensitive Predecisional Data