Office of Science Lab Appraisal Process

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Each year, the Office of Science (SC) conducts an evaluation of the scientific, technological, managerial, and operational performance of the contractors who manage and operate its ten national laboratories. These evaluations provide the basis for determining annual performance fees and the possibility of winning additional years on the contract through an “Award Term” extension. They also serve to inform the decisions that DOE makes regarding whether to extend or to compete the management and operating contracts when they expire.

The current laboratory appraisal process has been in place since Fiscal Year 2006. It was designed to improve the transparency of the process, raise the level of involvement by the SC leadership, increase consistency in the way the laboratories are evaluated, and more effectively incentivize contractor performance by tying performance to fee earned, contract length, and the public release of grades.

The Office of Laboratory Policy coordinates the laboratory appraisal process on behalf of the Director of the Office of Science.

The FY 2018 Laboratory Performance Report Card for each Office of Science national laboratory, for the period from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018, can be viewed by clicking on the corresponding laboratory listed below:

For Report Cards from previous years, please click here.