1.1 This guide is intended to be used by entities engaged in contracts with the Government of the United States of America. 1.2 This guide applies to the current version of the FAR Government Property Clause 52.245-1 dated April 2012. Entities with earlier or subsequently dated requirements/contracts should address any contractual difference when applying this guide. 1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
Many contractors in the possession of U.S. Government property are struggling with the contractual requirement of FAR 52.245-1 to perform a self assessment of their government property management system. While the FAR clause includes the requirement to self assess, the clause provides no guidance as to how to implement such a program. As a result, what constitutes an acceptable self-assessment program is left to subjective interpretation and discussion between the contractor and the government, opening the door for misinterpretation on both sides, potentially with negative audit implications. This guide is intended to compile best practices from both a contractor and government point of view in developing and executing a quality self-assessment program. This guide is not intended to be a step-by-step manual (hence the classification as a guide and not a practice) but rather a series of important considerations that, when applied to the contractors business practices and operating environment, should provide an effective self assessment. While contractors in the possession of U.S. Government property will be the main users of this guide, the task groups intention is that government auditors and other stakeholders will view this guide as a valid blueprint that, if properly implemented, should improve the quality of self-assessment information that is provided to the government.
Keywordsasset; assessment; audit; contractor self assessment; government property; risk management; sampling
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Ballot Item Approved as E2936-2013 and Pending Publication