Savannah River Site contractor awarded 68 percent of 2013 performance fees

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 9:46 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 10:13 PM
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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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SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 12/31/13 - 01:38 pm
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MOX albatross drags down SRNS bonus

SRNS took a $5.9 million hit for poor performance in support of the MOX program, garnering only 15% of the possible maximum amount. Pretty bad. See award fee determination letter at: http://nnsa.energy.gov/sites/default/files/nnsa/12-13-inlinefiles/FDO%20...

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Bubba 12/31/13 - 02:56 pm
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Huh?

I hate to burst your MOX Hating bubble there, but as I read it SRNS performance drug down the performance fee amount. The waste solidification building is not what the average person would think of as the MOX Project, but rather is a building that will process some of the waste stream. SRNS, Not Shaw AREVA MOX Services is the contractor for that building. Spin much?

wildman
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wildman 01/01/14 - 06:13 pm
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Are you kidding Me?

The difference in this contractor (SRNS) and the others is they openly admit to mistakes and employee screw ups. They have one thing that not many companies at SRS have and that is integrity. Maybe DOE and NNSA should have a look at that.

wildman
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wildman 01/01/14 - 06:13 pm
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Are you kidding Me?

The difference in this contractor (SRNS) and the others is they openly admit to mistakes and employee screw ups. They have one thing that not many companies at SRS have and that is integrity. Maybe DOE and NNSA should have a look at that.

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