Past Performance

Information regarding a contractor’s actions under previous contracts and orders, also known as past performance, is an indicator of future performance and is one of the most relevant factors that a selection official should consider in awarding a contract. This page contains guidance and tools that have been developed by the General Services Administration (GSA), the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), and others to help agencies improve their reporting and use of past performance information.

Memos and Guidance

Other OFPP Guidance




  • The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) have collaborated on a series of acquisition-based presentations called “Lifting the Curtain.” The "Lifting the Curtain" Past Performance Acquisition Seminar offers valuable insight and useful information on the purpose, selection, and evaluation of past performance information that is beneficial and applicable to both government and industry acquisition professional.

Other Training Resources

Tools and Resources

Reporting Tools

  • The Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS) is a web-enabled, enterprise application that provides timely and pertinent contractor past performance information to the Department of Defense and Federal acquisition community for use in making source selection decisions.
  • The Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) is a web-enabled application used to collect contractor and grantee performance information including Terminations for Cause or Default, Defective Cost and Pricing Data, Determinations of Non-Responsibility, Terminations for Material Failure to Comply (grants), Recipient Not Qualified Determinations (grants), Department of Defense (DoD) Determinations of Contractor Fault, and Administrative Agreements. FAPIIS also includes contractor self-reported Criminal Convictions, Civil Proceedings, Administrative Proceedings, and settlements.
  • The System for Award Management (SAM) consolidates nine previous governmentwide acquisition and award support systems into one master system. This provides users one login and access to all the capabilities previously found in the legacy systems. SAM also consolidates data from these systems into a single database, eliminating data overlap while sharing the data across the award lifecycle. 

Agency Resources and Best Practices

The following training aids represent resources agencies developed and use to help their acquisition workforce better understand how to report and use the information reported into the Past Performance Reporting Tools. (Other agency practices will be added as they are shared for community use.)