DOE-EM establishes new acquisition career development program

May 18, 2023, 7:00AMRadwaste Solutions

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management has launched the EM Career Acquisition Program (ECAP) to build a pipeline of trained, experienced acquisition professionals to oversee the procurement and management of cleanup contracts.

DOE-EM, which is responsible for the cleanup of legacy resulting from decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research, oversees an annual budget of approximately $8.3 billion, over 90 percent of which is contracted to industry. ECAP is intended to support the cleanup mission by recruiting and training contract specialists with the mobility to support resource needs across the EM complex.

“Given how integral acquisition and contracting is to how we conduct our work, ensuring continuity in the procurement function is essential to the EM mission,” said Angela Watmore, DOE-EM deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and project management.

The need: Almost all of DOE-EM’s cleanup work at 15 sites in 11 states is accomplished through contracts with private industry. Their contract portfolio includes a variety of services, including facility and technical support, as well as environmental remediation.

In addition, DOE-EM said that its pivot to the end-state contracting model requires that the office has a stable pipeline of acquisition professionals available to award and administer task orders for completing work. Introduced in 2018, the end-state contracting model focuses on accelerating cleanup while reducing financial risk and environmental liability to the government. The model also seeks to fairly share risk between the government and contractor to reach desired end states.

Click here and here for further information about applying for ECAP positions via USAJobs.

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