WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – The West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site saved more than $600,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 by using procurement tools provided by the Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC), a DOE program that helps EM contractors find better prices for goods and services and makes the buying process more efficient and effective.
By achieving those savings in the first three months of the fiscal year, CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), EM’s WVDP Site cleanup contractor, exceeded its fiscal 2019 SCMC strategic sourcing cost savings goal by 10 percent. CHBWV surpassed that goal by applying sourcing tools such as real-time online reverse auction software to obtain a mobile generator and transportation services for offsite waste disposal.
“Our procurement team does an excellent job in preparing requests for proposals that obtain the best results for our cleanup efforts and taxpayers,” said David Pritchard, CHBWV manager of prime contract, procurement, and records. “They are always finding creative ways to utilize the SCMC eSourcing tool to ensure the best price from qualified subcontractors and suppliers. It is truly a team effort.”
CHBWV and other prime contractors supporting EM across the DOE complex use SCMC tools to lower costs and create efficiencies. CHBWV achieved 93 percent of its latest savings through the eSourcing tool, which is used for the auctions. In the past six years, CHBWV has conducted 52 auctions for equipment rentals, waste containers, laboratory services, and other items and services, and used other SCMC tools, for a total savings of nearly $5.6 million.
Using the eSourcing tool, CHBWV’s procurement team sends a request for proposals to prospective bidders. Auction details are provided and on the date of the event, the bidders compete for the requested products and services. The purchase order or subcontract is then awarded to the supplier with the lowest price that meets technical requirements.