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The Office of Environmental Management (EM) is responsible for environmental restoration, waste management, technology development and facility transition and management. EM oversees an annual budget of approximately $6.5 billion dollars. Over 90 percent of EM’s budget is contracted to industry. With such a significant portion awarded to contractors each year, achieving excellence in the Department’s management of contracts is our objective. The EM Office of Acquisition and Project Management, working closely with EM sites, supports execution of the EM mission by overseeing the award and execution of contracts that complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research at sites throughout the United States striving to reduce risk and complete cleanup across all sites for the generations to come.

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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. The policy ensures prime contracting opportunities are made available to the maximum extent practicable. In addition, the Department also implemented a policy to aggressively pursue increased use of fixed price and fixed unit rates contracts. This practice places the appropriate amount of risk and responsibility on the contractor and provides maximum incentive for the contractor to control costs and perform efficiently.

We take our responsibility for ensuring we receive the intended results from our contracts at a good price for the taxpayer seriously. We have engaged outside experts to review our processes and make suggestions on how we can better serve the taxpayer and make the best use of the resources that we have been given to meet the mission of EM and the Department of Energy as a whole. One example of such a review is the National Academy of Public Administration study Managing America’s Defense Nuclear Waste . The results of internal and external reviews have informed our efforts to reform how we do business. Therefore, we are implementing a strategy to improve the Department’s management of contracts and major capital acquisition projects.

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 award of major contracts. This is achieved with 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; more focused contracting resources and expertise, clear expectations and uniform guidance throughout the EM program. EM continues to focus on reducing the time required to conduct major procurements through improved planning, integration, communication, tracking and by having the necessary resources and expertise available when required.

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DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for Operation of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Facilities
March 16, 2020
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Request for Information/Sources Sought notice for operation of DOE’s Portsmouth Paducah Project Office.
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EM Promotes Business Opportunities at Reservation Economic Summit
March 10, 2020
EM officials engaged with representatives of tribal owned businesses during the recent Reservation Economic Summit 2020.
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Portsmouth/Paducah Cleanup Leads Contracting Officer Back Home
March 3, 2020
Growing up in Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort, Tyler Hicks knew a lot of state employees.
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DOE Issues Special Notice and Draft Performance Work Statement for the Savannah River Site Integrated Mission Completion Contract
February 13, 2020
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management issued a Special Notice and Draft Performance Work Statement.
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DOE Issues Draft RFP for Idaho Cleanup Project Contract
February 11, 2020
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) issued a Draft Request for Proposals for the Idaho Cleanup Project.
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EM Prime Contractors Surpass Fiscal 2019 Small Business Goals
February 4, 2020
A number of prime cleanup contractors across the EM complex exceeded annual goals for subcontracting with small businesses.
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DOE Issues Request For Proposal for the Paducah Infrastructure Support Services Contract
February 3, 2020
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Paducah Infrastructure Support Services Contract.
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EM Awards Fees for Contractors’ Performance at Portsmouth, Paducah Sites
January 28, 2020
EM has awarded fees to three prime contractors at its Portsmouth, Ohio and Paducah, Kentucky cleanup sites based on their performance in fiscal 2019.
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Los Alamos Contractor Earns 84 Percent of Available Fee
January 28, 2020
EM’s legacy cleanup contractor at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earned more than $8.6 million.
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Encouraging Growth in Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs in DOE
January 28, 2020
EM contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is sharing knowledge and experience with small business mentor-protégé programs.
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