Ask many government contractors, and they’ll tell you that even a single negative report in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) can have a powerful adverse impact on winning future prime contracts.
Given the importance of these performance reports, it’s little wonder that a contractor on the receiving end of a negative CPAR may want to ask a judge to review the matter. But as one recent case demonstrates, a contractor cannot challenge a CPAR with a judge until the contractor has followed the FAR’s claims process.
The decision of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in SkyQuest Aviation LLC, ASBCA No. 62586 (2021), involved a contract between the Air Force and SkyQuest Aviation LLC. Under the contract, SkyQuest was to provide “functional check flight pilot, flight engineer, and related services in exchange for $429,000.”
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