NDAA conference report puts ‘poor performing’ space contractors on notice

10 November 2017

Key Points

  • Congress directs the US Air Force to develop a list of poor performing space contractors
  • Qualifications include felony convictions and award fee scores below 50%

The US fiscal year 2018 defence authorisation bill conference report includes a provision requiring the US Air Force (USAF) to create a watch list of contractors with a history of poor performance on space procurements or research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) space programme contracts.

The USAF Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) commander may place a contractor on this list if they meet any of these qualifications: poor performance or award fee scores below 50%, financial concerns, felony convictions or civil judgments, or security or foreign ownership and control issues.

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