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EM crews at the headworks site of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility at Oak Ridge are excavating for the construction of foundations.
EM crews at the headworks site of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility at Oak Ridge are excavating for the construction of foundations.

The Office of Environmental Management (EM) is responsible for environmental restoration, waste management, technology development as well as facility transition and management. EM oversees an annual budget of approximately $7.2 billion dollars, over 90 percent of which is contracted to industry. With such a significant portion awarded to outside contractors each year, achieving excellence in the department’s management of contracts is a main priority of EM’s. The EM Office of Acquisition and Project Management, working closely with EM sites, supports EM’s mission by overseeing the award and execution of contracts. In accordance with DOE P 547.1A, Small Business First Policy, approved March 30, 2018, the department is committed to maximizing opportunities for small business contracts and subcontracts. This policy ensures prime contracting opportunities are made available to the maximum extent practicable. Additionally, the department implemented a policy aimed at pursuing the increased use of fixed price and fixed unit rate contracts. This practice places the appropriate amount of risk and responsibility on the contractor while providing maximum incentive for the contractor to control costs and perform work safely and efficiently.

EM activities are being conducted through more than 40 prime contracts having a total value of over $90 billion and annual expenditures of over $5 billion. Awards are generally made to teams of individual companies that in turn procure equipment and services from numerous subcontractors. Both large and small businesses help us deliver quality facilities, projects, and services that meet the DOE mission and help ensure a safe and secure environment at legacy DOE sites for generations to come.

One of the major focuses of the EM federal workforce is to carry out an effective and efficient process for acquiring services for construction, deactivation and decommissioning, waste management, and environmental cleanup. EM created the EM Acquisition Center (EMAC) to provide a centralized focus on the major procurements that are required for EM to fulfill its mission. The EMAC provides an integrated business system that supports operations and field offices in the planning, procurement and managing of major EM acquisitions. The EMAC, along with representatives from the sites, develop and implement site and project specific acquisition and contract strategies, including the awarding of major contracts. This is achieved through collaboration with the Office of Acquisition Management. Upon award, contracts are administered by the operations and site offices.

All EM procurement offices execute their acquisition and oversight responsibilities through a standardized process with a clear delineation of roles and responsibilities. EM continues to focus on increasing the efficiency of conducting major procurements through improved planning, integration, communication, and tracking, as well as ensuring the necessary resources and expertise are available.

End-State Contracting

The Office of Environmental Management’s (EM) goal is to safely do the right work, at the right time, for the right cost, serving as responsible stewards of taxpayer money, while maintaining high safety standards. In support of that goal, EM is using a contracting structure known as end-state contracting for the first-time at EM cleanup sites to reinvigorate the completion mindset. Site closure and focused, accelerated site cleanup by EM contractors is contingent on awarding contract vehicles to the best-qualified, best value contractor through a rigorous, competitive source selection process. To achieve success similar to that experienced at the Rocky Flats, Mound, and Fernald Sites, EM must negotiate contracts with appropriate requirements, incentives, and risk models.

The End -State Contracting Model (ESCM) focuses on accelerating cleanup, while reducing financial risk and environmental liability to the government, and fairly sharing risk between the government and contractor to achieve desired end states. The model has two main phases:

  1. Best value award of competitive, qualifications-based, single award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts
  2. Post-award negotiation of discrete scopes of work under Firm Fixed Price or Cost Reimbursement Task Orders

End-state contracting supports EM’s desire to partner with industry and stakeholders in negotiation of the risk-based end states needed to complete projects on its sites. The change in EM’s contracting model incorporates industry feedback.

End-state contracting will be applied to the following EM cleanup projects:

  • Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract
  • Hanford Tank Closure Contract
  • Nevada Environmental Program Services
  • West Valley Decommissioning
  • Oak Ridge Reservation Cleanup
  • Portsmouth D&D
  • Idaho Cleanup Project
  • Savannah River Site Integrated Mission Completion

 

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Acquisition News

DOE Begins Acquisition Planning for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Operations Acquisition
July 16, 2020
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Request for Information Sources Sought notice for operation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
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Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 94 Percent of Available Fee for First Half of Fiscal 2020
June 30, 2020
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $10.4 million for its performance from October 2019 through March 2020.
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NNSS Cleanup Contractor Earns 96 Percent of Available Fee From October 2018 Through January 2020
June 30, 2020
EM’s cleanup contractor for the Nevada National Security Site Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. has earned 96 percent of the available fee.
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DOE Issues Final RFP for New Savannah River National Laboratory Management and Operating Contract
June 26, 2020
The U.S. DOE Office of EM today issued a Final Request for Proposal for the new, standalone M&O contract for the SRNL, located at SRS near Aiken, SC.
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WIPP’s Nuclear Waste Partnership Earns 83 Percent of Available Award Fee in FY19
June 23, 2020
EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) recently released the fiscal 2019 fee determination for Nuclear Waste Partnership.
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DOE Awards New Cleanup Contract at the Nevada National Security Site
June 17, 2020
Today, the U.S. DOE awarded Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. the new EM Nevada Environmental Program Services contract.
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DOE Issues Final RFP for Idaho Cleanup Project Contract
May 27, 2020
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management issued a Final Request for Proposals for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP).
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DOE Awards Hanford Tank Closure Contract
May 14, 2020
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the Tank Closure Contract
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DOE Issues Draft RFP Sections B, C, H, L, M and Section J Task Orders For the Savannah River Site Integrated Mission Completion Contract ...
May 7, 2020
DOE's Office of Environmental Management is releasing draft Request for Proposal Sections B, C, H, L, M and Section J Task Orders.
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DOE Renews Non-Competitive Financial Assistance Renewal Grant for the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center
April 30, 2020
The Office of Environmental Management, Carlsbad Field Office is renewing a financial assistance grant to the Regents of New Mexico State University
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