U.S. Army Awards $3.994 Million Performance-Based Acquisition for Environmental Remediation Services at Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Va.

August 17, 2009

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ — On August 10, 2009, the U.S. Army awarded a $3.994 million performance-based task order to Shaw Environmental, Inc., Knoxville, Tenn., for environmental remediation services at Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Va. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District awarded the task order on a Multiple Award Remediation Contract.

The Radford Army ammunition Plant award is a six-year task order that includes achieving Remedy in Place (RIP) at one Installation Restoration Program (IRP) site and achieving an approved Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Facility Investigation/Corrective Measures Study, RIP for groundwater and Response Complete for soils at one Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) site.

The Army has two restoration programs under the Defense Environmental Restoration program (DERP) for active/operating Army installations, the IRP and MMRP. The IRP is a comprehensive program to identify, investigate and clean up hazardous substances, pollutants, and contaminants resulting from past Department of Defense (DOD) operations and activities. The MMRP addresses the potential explosives safety, health, and environmental issues caused by past DOD munitions-related activities. Congress established the MMRP under DERP to address unexploded ordnance, discarded military munitions and munitions constituents located on other than operational ranges on current and former defense sites.

Use of the performance-based acquisition approach requires clearly defined objectives to be achieved, measurable performance standards in terms of quality, timeliness, and quantity, and the method of assessing contractor performance against performance standards. The Army has found awarding performance-based contracts for environmental remediation services is a very effective means of accomplishing its cleanup objectives and benefits all involved.

Under a performance-based contract, the Army states the desired end result, and it’s up to the contractor to take the necessary steps to get there. Contractors must still seek approval from the Army and regulators before implementing final cleanup remedies, and the Army still has the ultimate responsibility for the cleanup of its installations.

By providing clear definitions of performance expectations and government oversight criteria, there is a better likelihood that expectations will be reached to all parties’ satisfaction. Linking payments to milestones provides incentives to develop and implement an effective and efficient approach to achieving contract requirements.

For more information on the Army’s performance-based acquisition program, see http://aec.army.mil/usaec/cleanup/pba00.html or call (410) 436-2556.

For more information on the U.S. Army Environmental Command, visit http://aec.army.mil

SOURCE U.S. Army Environmental Command

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