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All Federal agencies should follow the guidleines issued in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) "Best Practices for Collecting and Using Current and Past Performance Information". The latest version is available at

The policies for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Contractor Performance System (CPS) used by most civilian agencies are contained in National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy Manual, 6015-2 - PAST PERFORMANCE INFORMATION, Release Date: 9/30/2001. This is located at:

The Department of Defense has also issued its own Past Performance Policy Guide titled: "A Guide to Collection and Use of Past Performance Information (Version 3)" dated May 2003. This guide is located at: