On May 9, the Department of Defense Inspector General (“DoD IG”) released Audit Report No. DODIG-2017-081, Summary of Audits on Assessing Contractor Performance: Additional Guidance and System Enhancements Needed (the “Audit Report”). In the Audit Report, the DoD IG found that Department of Defense (“DoD”) contracting officials were not consistently complying with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) and the Guidance for the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (“CPARS Guide”) for evaluating contractor past performance. The audit identified weaknesses within DoD’s contracting officials’ preparation of contractor performance assessment reports (“PARs”) and potential improvements to the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (“CPARS”). The Audit Report is a cogent reminder that contractors, and their counsel, must be cognizant about how executive agencies review and assess contractors’ performance.