FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director, Media Relations
Arlington, Va. (Mar. 23, 2022)
|PSC Applauds DFARS Changes Implementing Two Key Contractor Priorities
The Professional Services Council (PSC) applauded the publication of two final Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) rules on March 18, 2022, implementing PSC legislative priorities that will improve contract administration and strengthen government and industry communication.
“These final rules are important developments in PSC’s ongoing efforts to support better acquisition outcomes and to promote an effective, streamlined, and competitive federal contracting system,” said PSC Executive Vice President for Policy, Stephanie Kostro.
The first final rule implements Section 820 of P.L. 116–283, the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It will expand the application of expedited contract closeout authority to specified services contracts, reducing the timeframe for closeout from the current 17 years to seven years.
This provision drew from PSC’s Contract Finance and Cash Flow Committee white paper entitled “Addressing Contract Closeout Challenges,” which assessed the issues industry faced during the contract closeout process and made recommendations for improvement.
The second final rule requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide defense contractors with enhanced postaward debriefings, implementing Section 818 of P.L. 115–91, the FY18 NDAA.
“PSC believes that DoD needs to provide contractors with the information they need after a source selection. The government gains if companies know why they lost a bid, so they can improve their next bid. Now that the DFARS rule is in place, PSC will work to help ensure it is faithfully carried out,” Kostro continued. “Because better debriefings benefit all agencies, PSC will also continue working to expand this requirement government-wide.”
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