Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) today issued a Final Request for Proposal for the new, standalone management and operating (M&O) contract for the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), located at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina.
The new SRNL contract is anticipated to have a value of approximately $380M per year and is anticipated to include a five-year base period and potential award terms for up to five additional years. The multi-program, Federally Funded Research and Development Center work performed under the new contract will include operations and maintenance of SRNL’s nuclear and non-nuclear facilities and DOE mission roles focused in the following areas:
- Environmental Management
- National Security
- Science Discovery
- Energy Security
- Legacy Management
Given EM’s focus on completing its cleanup mission, DOE is seeking to position SRNL for an enduring mission and to maximize the realization of SRNL’s potential as a National Laboratory to benefit the Department, the American scientific discovery and innovation ecosystem, the local communities near the Laboratory, and the American taxpayer at large. The establishment of a separate EM-managed M&O contract for SRNL is expected to enhance the ability of the Laboratory to pursue its enduring mission by focusing the contractor on its R&D missions, increasing SRNL's flexibility to pursue more diversified R&D projects and attracting additional expertise in the operation of R&D facilities. The establishment of a separate M&O contract for SRNL can also facilitate the interest and involvement in research institutions and academia in operating the Laboratory to aid in mission effectiveness.
DOE is utilizing a source selection process that would focus on the most discriminating evaluation elements of Laboratory Vision, Key Personnel, Management and Operations, Past Performance, and Transition Plan.
DOE released the Draft RFP on April 9, 2020, released Amendment #1 of the Draft RFP on April 21, 2020, and conducted a virtual pre-solicitation conference and industry one-on-one sessions on April 28-30, 2020. Approximately 60 companies and organizations participated in the events. Industry, academia, and stakeholders were encouraged to provide comments on the Draft RFP. DOE received numerous comments and questions that were taken into consideration in the development of the Final RFP. DOE is requiring that proposals are due within 45 days of the release of the Final RFP. Contract award is anticipated in early FY 2021.
A dedicated webpage has been established for the SRNL procurement. All news/announcements, documents (including the Draft and Final RFP), questions/answers, pre-solicitation conference information, and related links will be posted to the following webpage: https://www.emcbc.doe.gov/seb/sr_national_lab/. The Final RFP will also be posted to the Fedconnect website at: www.fedconnect.net.
Additional information is available at the EMCBC website: