Call to change how agencies rate contractor performance rises to new level

Let’s start out with this basic truism: No one likes the current approach to rating contractor performance.

Neither the agency contracting officers nor program managers, and not the vendors who sometimes wait three to six months after the contract is complete to get a mostly meaningless “satisfactory” rating.

The data itself lacks value and transparency.

And, to be honest, it seems to have become another checklist activity for many agencies.

A new survey by GovConRx and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy shows, once again, just how little value there is in the current approach to contractor performance assessment ratings (CPARs).

“One of the facts that we heard back was how many agencies still aren’t doing CPARs or certainly not on time,” said Ken Susskind, founder and CEO of GovConRx in an interview. “It was interesting to hear back from industry about not getting CPARs rating because in the end

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Housing advocates: New Orleans agencies failing in push for affordable homes | Coronavirus

Amid a pandemic that has deepened economic hardships for thousands of New Orleanians, city leaders have come up short in their goals to build affordable housing, according to a new report from affordable-housing advocates.

Advocacy group HousingNOLA gave the city’s progress toward creating 7,500 affordable housing opportunities in 2020 a failing grade in a report out this week, saying the various agencies working on that problem have so far created only about 1,500 affordable homes. 

On affordable housing New Orleans continues to lag behind goals

New Orleans remains well short of hitting its affordable housing creation goals, six months after ending the worst year for affordable housing…

It’s the worst grade the group has assigned to public agencies charged with creating affordable housing since it began tracking government progress to relieve housing insecurity in New Orleans five years ago. Last year, the group awarded the agencies a D grade. 

“This is not simply a COVID grade,” HousingNOLA Executive

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Insiders, cronies fill crucial positions at Florida agencies

Florida is full of technology talent. There’s a 17-year-old in Tampa who hacked the Twitter feeds of billionaire Masters of Technology Bill Gates and Elon Musk. There’s a 16-year-old at South Miami Senior High who brought Miami-Dade’s first week of virtual school to a virtual standstill.

Florida also has law-abiding adults who know how to design and manage technology that customers can count on. The state desperately needs such a person to head up the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the state agency that houses CONNECT, the laughably named digital trainwreck that workers must navigate to access what meager unemployment benefits state law allows.

Failed candidates

Gov. DeSantis himself vilified CONNECT as a jalopy for which the state paid a Lamborghini price. Yet he gave the task of cleaning up the DEO mess to Dane Eagle, a former state representative and recently failed congressional candidate. Eagle is a real-estate broker,

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