The contractor shall conduct evaluations of deliverable software and documentation as specified in section 5 of this standard and in compliance with the following requirements.
4.4.1 Independence in product evaluation activities. The organizations, functions, or persons responsible for fulfilling the evaluation requirements of this standard shall have the resources, responsibility, authority, and freedom to ensure objective evaluation and to cause the initiation and verification of corrective action. The persons conducting the evaluation of a product shall not be the persons who developed the product or are responsible for the product. This does not preclude members of the development team from participating in these evaluations. Responsibility for the fulfillment of the software product evaluation requirements shall be assigned and specified in the Software Development Plan (SDP)
4.4.2 Final evaluations. Prior to submitting each deliverable item to the contracting agency, the contractor shall internally coordinate the item with appropriate organizations for a final evaluation. The objective of each final evaluation shall be to ensure that the deliverable item is acceptable in terms of its ability to satisfy its requirements.
4.4.3 Software evaluation records. The contractor shall prepare and maintain records of each software product evaluation performed. When problems have been identified a problem/change report shall be initiated and shall serve as input to the corrective action process. The evaluation records shall be available for contracting agency review and shall be maintained for the life of the contract.
4.4.4 Evaluation criteria. The contractor shall
evaluate the products identified in section 5 against the evaluation criteria
specified in the associated graphs. Default definitions for the criteria are
specified in Appendix
D. The contractor may propose additional criteria and alternate
definitions for any of the criteria specified in Appendix D
. Additional criteria and alternate definitions are subject to contracting agency approval.