Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the management and operating contractor for the Savannah River Site, earned an “excellent” rating and nearly $25 million — or 94 percent — of the available award fee for environmental management work from Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017, according to a recently released scorecard from Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management.
SRNS also conducts work for the National Nuclear Security Administration at SRS, and earned 84 percent of the possible award fee for those missions, according to information released last week.
Together, the total fee available was $44,211,120. SRNS earned $39,949,880 – 90 percent – and an overall “very good” rating.
SRNS President and CEO Stuart MacVean said the scorecard reflects the quality, innovation and dedication of the company’s workforce.
“We are pleased EM considered our performance to be ‘excellent’ and recognized our growth and improvement during fiscal year 2017,” MacVean said. “We are especially proud of the recognition that SRNS successfully executed ongoing operations safely while displaying a strong safety culture.”
SRNS was praised for safety, particularly illness and injury rates “well below EM established goals,” and for working with Augusta-area colleges and universities to hire recent graduates “to staff a large number of vacancies.”
The contractor also got high marks for the 2017 Site Emergency Preparedness Exercise and for exceeding overall small business goals, including “socioeconomic category goals.”
SRNS also made improvements to the Contractor Assurance System and Contracting and Acquisition Management, which had been cited as needing improvement in 2016.
DOE still found room for improvement in the overall CAS program in self-assessment, causal analysis, issue management significance determination and metrics.
“DOE-SR recognizes strong performance in several safety management functions this past year to include industrial safety, hazardous energy control, emergency management, and radiological controls, but continued success and strengthening of the CAS Program depend upon continued management focus on the effectiveness of implementation in the areas identified above,” according to the scorecard. DOE will further evaluate these areas in FY 2018.
In Contracting and Acquisition Management, “SRNS has significantly improved performance, cooperation, and timely communication with DOE counterparts throughout FY 2017,” but “several isolated purchasing system deficiencies were observed and continued attention in this area is needed during FY 2018,” according to the scorecard.
DOE also found some “significant areas for improvement,” including better planning and control implementation involving asbestos work, decreasing Technical Safety Requirement violations and environmental notices of violations. It also noted three significant Conduct of Operations events within the Nuclear Materials Stabilization Area.