Why is such information necessary? What will the Government do with it?
Information relative to the place of performance and owner of plant or facility, if other than the prospective contractor, is a basic requirement when contracting for supplies or services (including construction). A prospective contractor must affirmatively demonstrate its responsibility. Hence, the Government must be apprised of this information prior to the award.
The contracting officer must know the place of performance and the owner of the plant or facility to
- determine bidder responsibility
- determine price reasonableness
- conduct plant or source inspections, and
- determine whether the prospective contractor is a manufacturer or a regular dealer.
Back in 2011, we wrote a six part series describing how the Government conducts "responsibility" determinations on prospective contractors. That series can be viewed here.
The information is used to determine the prospective contractor's eligibility for awards and to assure proper preparation of the contract. Prospective contractors are only required to submit place of performance information on an exceptional basis; that is, whenever the place of performance for a specific solution is different from the address of the prospective contractor as indicated in the proposal.
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