U.S. Government Property Management
A proposed new ASTM International standard will provide guidance for the contractor self-assessment program that addresses the requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. WK42011, Guide for Contractor Self-Assessment for U.S. Government Property Management Systems, is being developed by Subcommittee E53.20 on United States Government Contract Property Management, part of ASTM International Committee E53 on Asset Management.
A contractor self-assessment (CSA) program is an auditing, assessment, review or surveillance program implemented by a contractor to identify, evaluate and take corrective action on compliance and operational risk resulting from business practices for government property management.
“Contractors have been required to self-assess by the Federal Acquisition Regulation since 2007, but the regulation does not provide any specific instructions on how to self-assess,” says Brandon Kriner, asset manager, Government Communications Systems Division, Harris Corp., and chairman, E53.20. “This is intentional since every contractor’s operating environment is different. However, the result has been a lot of confusion and subjective interpretation between contractors and their government counterparts over what constitutes an acceptable self-assessment.” Kriner says that, once it has been approved, WK42011 will provide a “playbook” that property management contractors can use to adapt for their specific purpose.
According to Kriner, WK42011 provides a guide for how to develop and implement a contractor self-assessment program for U.S. government property management.
“There is currently very little practical guidance on how to develop a CSA,” says Kriner. “This proposed standard will give users the guidance they need to develop a program that is well suited to their operating environment.”
Kriner encourages all interested parties, particularly those with ideas for other proposed standards, to join E53.20.
This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.