GSA Past Performance Requirement after db ends open ratings report

Understand the new GSA past performance requirements and how Blackfyre, a premier GSA Federal Schedule Consulting firm, can guide you through the changes.


As a premier GSA Federal Schedule Consulting firm, Blackfyre is your guiding force through the recent changes in the GSA's past performance requirements due to Dun & Bradstreet's discontinuation of Open Ratings Past Performance Evaluation (PPE) Reports. Let's delve into understanding these adjustments and how they might impact your GSA Schedule proposal.

Background of Past Performance Requirements

Traditionally, companies aiming for a GSA Schedule Contract were required to submit a past performance evaluation as part of their proposal. And, the Open Ratings PPE Report by Dun & Bradstreet served as a common citation for this purpose. However, with Dun & Bradstreet no longer accepting orders for Open Ratings PPE Reports, a significant shift in GSA's requirements has been triggered.

New Past Performance Requirements

In the wake of this change, GSA has now unveiled two primary methods to meet the past performance requisites:

  1. CPARS Requirement: Under this alternative, companies are expected to produce at least three contractor performance assessment reports from the federal Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) within three years from the proposal submission date. It's an imperative that these reports stand evidence of at least three distinct contracts or orders and work similar in scope to the products/services mentioned in the solicitation.
  2. Past Performance Narrative Requirement: This method allows companies to furnish a past performance narrative accompanied by three to five customer references for work completed within three years of the offer submission date. The narrative must encapsulate customer names, their contact information, a brief work description, dollar value, and period of performance.

Acceptance of Existing Open Ratings Reports

However, if you've procured the Open Ratings PPE Reports before their discontinuation by Dun & Bradstreet, you're in luck. GSA will still accept these reports, provided they are dated within a year of your GSA Schedule offer submission date.

How Blackfyre Can Help

As a seasoned consultant in GSA Schedule, Blackfyre is proficient in steering through these changes ensuring your proposal meets the revised guidelines. Our service portfolio comprises of:

  • Strategic Assessment: We evaluate your existing past performance documentation to determine a suitable way forward complying with the altered GSA elicitations.
  • Narrative Preparation: Extending our support in crafting a comprehensive and effective past performance narrative, should it be required.
  • Ongoing Support: To keep you informed and updated of any future changes to GSA's past performance requirements.


The ceasing of Dun & Bradstreet's Open Ratings PPE Reports has entailed a transition in how companies vouch for their past performance when applying for a GSA Schedule Contract. Grasping these new requirements, and moulding them into the fabric of your proposal is the key to successful submission. Blackfyre is pledged to ensure your business comprehends these changes fully, and stands prepared to meet the fresh criteria.

In conclusion, while the shift in past performance requirements may seem imposing, it presents an occasion to align your proposal seamlessly with GSA's contemporary standards. Contact Blackfyre to discuss how we can help you sail through the past performance requirement and optimize your strategy for success in the federal marketplace, under the expert guidance of our former GSA Schedule Reviewer.

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Pedro has extensive background as a Contracting Officer and Contract Specialist, has worked across seven federal agencies, managing contracts totaling over $1 billion in the professional and tech sectors. His notable tenure includes serving with the DoD/DARPA during the inception of their robotics program. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in initiating the Cyber Special Item Number (SIN) within the GSA's IT Schedule 70 as a Team Lead. After graduating from Harvard, he started Blackfyre to help you win your next contract.

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