#GovConThoughts: Challenging Your Performance Rating
Carving out a clear, objective path with the contracting officer regarding performance ratings at the onset of a procurement is critical to increasing your chances of receiving an "Exceptional" performance rating under the Federal Acquisition Regulation. While contractors may challenge a CPAR by filing a claim under the Contract Disputes Act (assuming your comments/rebuttals don't sway the agency), neither the Boards of Contract Appeals nor the Court of Federal Claims have the power to direct agencies to give you a specific performance rating. Establishing objective metrics to fall back on is the proverbial ace up your sleeve. This is particularly true where agency contracting officials change during the course of contract performance.
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