Open consultation

DefCARS enabling changes


The SSRO is planning to make enabling changes to make it simpler and more efficient for users to submit their reports.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

The SSRO has been operating its Defence Contract Analysis and Reporting System (DefCARS) since the single source regulatory framework was introduced in 2014. DefCARS is used by contractors with qualifying defence contracts to submit statutory reports. The SSRO continues to invest its resources into the evolution and improvement of DefCARS and is now planning changes to enable updates to DefCARS that will make it simpler and more efficient for users to submit their reports.

The SSRO is publishing a consultation paper explaining the planned enabling changes and asks some specific questions on these for users of the system. The SSRO will consider responses to the consultation to inform its system development.

Responding to the consultation

This is a public consultation, which is open to anyone with an interest in the SSRO’s two statutory aims of ensuring that good value for money is obtained in government expenditure on qualifying contracts and that the prices paid under these contracts are fair and reasonable.

The consultation runs until 5.00 pm Tuesday 21 March 2023. A consultation workshop is also being held on Monday 20 February 2023 for members of the SSRO’s Operational Working Group and Reporting and IT sub-group. Written responses should be sent:

  • by email to (preferred); or
  • by post to: Compliance and Review methodology consultation responses, SSRO, Finlaison House, 15-17 Furnival Street, London, EC4A 1AB.
  • by telephone including arranging an appointment to speak to the SSRO about the consultation: 0203 314 4089.


Published 24 January 2023