Audit Report: OAI-L-16-04

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December 4, 2015

Energy Savings Performance Contract Review Board

As of January 2015, the Department of Energy (Department) had awarded 25 Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) valued at $1.6 billion.  The Department’s Sustainability Performance Office, when under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), used an ESPC Review Board (Review Board) comprised of various Headquarters technical experts to review ESPC proposals to identify potential issues and increase the probability of a successful ESPC.  The Sustainability Performance Office encouraged sites to submit proposed ESPCs to the Review Board for review and comment.  However, Review Board comments were advisory and sites were expected to respond to and resolve Review Board comments.

We identified an area in which the Review Board’s responsibilities and procedures could be clarified to help ensure that the Department’s ESPCs are in the Government’s best interests.  Specifically, we noted that some sites have demonstrated a reluctance to submit ESPC proposals to the Review Board because of concern over protecting procurement sensitive information. 

Topic: Management and Administration