Cost analyst reviews systems support bids, speeding Energy procurement by 3 months

The Energy Department estimates that buying reforms helped it shave three months off
procurement of systems support services for its nuclear weapons stockpile program.


Energy for the first time used a government cost analyst to review the
contractors’ best initial offers, and a five-person team to evaluate bidders’
two-hour presentations, said Ray Greenberg, a program analysis officer in Energy’s
Defense Programs Office.


“Contractors would submit extensive written proposals that took several weeks to
review,” Greenberg said. “Now we award contracts to the companies that best meet
the evaluated criteria for the presentations.”


Energy in early August began the acquisition process for professional services under
the Stockpile Stewardship Program and in December awarded three contracts worth up to $340
million.


Energy awarded a $120 million contract to Science Applications International Corp. of
San Diego, a $110 million contract to Dames & Moore Inc. of Los Angeles and a $104
million contract to Tetra Tech EM Inc. of Pasadena, Calif.


The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts have a two-year base and three
one-year options. The three companies will compete for task orders. Energy is devising the
initial task orders now.


The contracts cover services such as high-performance computing, systems security, and
numeric modeling and simulation, Greenberg said. As part of the stockpile work, the
contractors will provide advanced simulation modeling to test nuclear weapons, he said.


Energy will also be able to buy equipment through the contracts. The department will
provide communications support for systems run or acquired for the project, Greenberg
said.  


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