Savannah River Site contractor awarded 68 percent of 2013 performance fees

Savannah River Nuclear Solu­tions earned slightly more than two-thirds of its fiscal year 2013 performance fee, according to a memo from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

The management and operations contractor for Savannah River Site was eligible for $24.02 million and was awarded $16.32 million, or 68 percent. The award was based on an assessment of performance expectations detailed in a 2013 performance evaluation plan, according to a Dec. 16 letter signed by Edward Bruce Held, acting administrator of the NNSA.

Because SRNS has not received a 2013 performance evaluation report, the company declined comment on the performance assessment, only saying that 68 percent represents “good” performance as defined by the U.S. Government’s Federal Acquisition Regulation, which covers government contracts.

The contractor, which employs 4,535 workers, received its lowest mark in the “broader national security mission” performance objective, which includes work on completing construction and initiating startup of the Waste Solidification Building, a facility that would manage the waste stream generated by the under-construction MOX facility. Only $1.05 million of an available $6.99 million was awarded in the performance area. The NNSA fees are part of the total 2013 performance fee that SRNS will receive, a company spokes­woman said. The company will also be evaluated by the U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Man­agement.

In the performance area that includes Savannah River Tritium Enterprise, SRNS earned 98
percent of the available fee, and 92 percent for science, technology
and engineering.

“Our tritium-related missions provide vital support for our nation’s defense,” said spokeswoman Angie French in an e-mail. “We’re proud that we’re able to do what is needed and consistently do it well.”

Tom Clements, the southeastern nuclear campaign coordinator for the environmental groups Friends of the Earth, criticized SRNS – which received 70 percent of the available fees for “contractor leadership” – for its assessment and performance fees.

“This low score reflects much room for improvement and DOE must demand that or seek a new contractor to manage SRS,” he said.

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