UCOR earns 98 percent of fee for Oak Ridge work

March 24, 2022, 6:57AMRadwaste Solutions
UCOR workers remove waste from the Alpha-2 building at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. (Photo: DOE)

The Department of Energy recently awarded $24.7 million to Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR for its work at the Oak Ridge site in Tennessee from April 2021 through October 2021, amounting to 98 percent of the available fee for the evaluation period.

The DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) issued its fee determination scorecard for UCOR after completing its evaluation of the contractor.

Ratings: UCOR received “excellent” ratings for project management and business systems, quality and safety culture, and regulatory and stakeholder activity; a “good” rating for operations management; and a “high confidence” rating for cost and schedule incentive, according to the scorecard.

The following are significant accomplishments by UCOR during the evaluation period:

  • Projected to underrun its contract by more than $68 million by completing work ahead of schedule and under budget.
  • Advanced cleanup on 27 excess contaminated facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex, which house the DOE's largest inventory of high-priority excess facilities, and completed actions required to close the East Tennessee Technology Park.
  • Effectively addressed supply chain challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, minimizing cost and schedule impacts.
  • Continued implementing effective COVID-19 controls with no workplace transmission cases since the start of the pandemic.
  • Awarded about 85 percent of its subcontracts to small businesses in fiscal year 2021, exceeding its goal of 65 percent.

OREM noted that while UCOR continues to be responsive to incidents and to make improvements in work planning and control, improvements to respirator usage and transportation are needed.

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