About CPS

CPS Frequently Asked Questions -(FAQ)-|

In production since December 1996.

Multiple Agency, Shared File System: all authorized users have access to completed evaluations of all subscribing agencies.

Designed, developed, and implemented by the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT) under the guidance and sponsorship of the Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management (OALM), Office of the Director, NIH.

Supports acquisition activities in all fifty states and over 100 foreign countries. Contains evaluations from the following Federal Departments/Agencies:

  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department ofTreasury
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Social Security Administration
  • Agency for International Development
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • General Services Administration
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of State
  • Export-Import Bank and the Architect of the Capital
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • U.S. Government Printing Office.

Supports evaluations on Research and Development, ADP, A&E, Construction, and Service and Supply contracts. NIH CPS Construction Form approved by CAAC for use by CPS subscribers in lieu of the SF 1420.

System Structure:
- Web Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.5 (minimum)
- Web based application accessed via the Internet

Security - 3 Levels plus an Internal Audit Table:
- Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption
- Database level
- Application level

Application Structure and Help:
- Standard, Construction and A&E Modules
- Project Officer/COTR Module
- Contractor Module (Online Registration, Electronic storage of contractors rebuttal/comments and Electronic, encrypted, transmittal of evaluations to and from contractor)
- Management Tools
- Maintenance Tables
- On-line Help and telephone help lines, User Guides, Listserv
- Search Engine
- CPS Info Page
- System Generated Emails
- Multi-Agency User Group

Data Collected - Numerical Ratings and Supporting Narrative on:
- Quality of Product or Services
- Cost control
- Timeliness of Performance
- Business Relations
- Comments on Subcontracts/Socioeconomic Goals
- Comments on Key Personnel
- Customer Satisfication

Rating Scale:
- 0 Unsatisfactory
- 1 Poor
- 2 Fair
- 3 Good
- 4 Excellent
- 5 Outstanding

Subscribing agency’s logo appears on all printed evaluations

- No Cost to User
- At agency site within DC/Baltimore area
- Train the trainer
- Agency pays travel costs at agency site outside DC/Baltimore area

- Currently no fees are collected

Future Enhancements:
- A & E Evaluation Admendement




Points of Contact:

Paulette Smith
E-mail: SmithPM@od.nih.gov

Alexander Tran
E-mail: TranA@od.nih.gov

David Redd
E-mail: Reddd@od.nih.gov

CPS help desk E-Mail: cps-support-l@list.nih.gov
PHONE: (301)451-2771