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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Federico Peña
Introduction to Brookhaven Science Associates
Video of Press Conference (requires RealAudio Player)

 

ENERGY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES NEW CONTRACTOR TO IMPROVE MANAGEMENT OF BROOKHAVEN LAB

PROCUREMENT SELECTION MADE IN RECORD TIME

 

Completing a major step in its ongoing effort to improve management and restore confidence at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Department of Energy today announced selection of Brookhaven Science Associates as the new contractor to manage and operate its Long Island, N.Y., research facility. The Brookhaven Science Associates team is led by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York on behalf of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Battelle Memorial Research Institute of Columbus, Ohio.

Secretary of Energy Federico Pena said, "Brookhaven Science Associates has demonstrated leadership at their institutions, and I will look to them to fully integrate safety and environmental protection into scientific research, to accelerate and intensify recent efforts to rebuild community trust, and to achieve overall excellence. Working together, we will make it possible for the laboratory to carry out its mission as a world-class research facility and prove itself a good neighbor to Suffolk County and Long Island."

"I want to thank all those who provided input into this contract process and selection -- our neighbors on Long Island, members of the scientific community, lab employees, and many others. I also want to thank the selection team which worked tirelessly to create an open, fair and efficient process. This is the fastest competition we have ever held for a management and operating contract, and reflects a new way of doing business at the Department of Energy," he added.

Brookhaven Science Associates will manage and operate the laboratory for a five-year term at an estimated cost of $2 billion, with a contract to be awarded in early January 1998.

Two proposals from nonprofit-led teams were submitted in response to a July 18, 1997, Request for Proposals. One proposal was from Brookhaven Science Associates. The other competing team was led by the IIT Research Institute of Chicago, Illinois. Both teams provided excellent proposals and demonstrated their ability to manage scientific, environmental, safety and health, and community involvement initiatives at the laboratory. The selected team demonstrated the best total capability to improve the laboratory's performance.

Stony Brook is a national leader in high energy and nuclear physics. Battelle Memorial Research Institute has operated the department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., for the last 32 years and has long been a leader in applied science and technology, including environmental, safety and health management. Battelle manages environmental, safety and health activities at the department's Pantex Plant.

Brookhaven Science Associates committed to exceeding the requirements of the department's Request for Proposal in several areas, including: the department's safety management program that integrates safety into employees' daily work activities; implementing IS0 14001, an international standard for environmental management systems; and instituting a Voluntary Protection Program whereby the lab will subscribe to meeting proven industrial standards for worker safety.

Other immediate organizational commitments include retention of existing salary, benefits and tenure systems for employees and appointment of separate deputy directors for science and operations. In addition, offices for environment, safety and health, environmental management, reactor operations and community involvement will report directly to the laboratory director.

The Brookhaven Science Associates proposal identified Dr. John Marburger as the new Brookhaven Laboratory director. Dr. Marburger is a distinguished science administrator and served as State University of New York at Stony Brook's president for 14 years. He has committed to integrate laboratory safety with scientific excellence and to regain community trust and confidence.

The department's streamlined process for selecting a new contractor, limited to nonprofit organizations or teams led by nonprofit organizations, was completed in six months, rather than the usual 18, and was developed with extensive community, industrial and academic involvement. The department initially planned to award the contract in mid-November 1997. However, an early January 1998 award is now contemplated in order to comply with recently enacted legislation requiring 60-day notice to Congress before awarding certain contracts.

Brookhaven Science Associates will assume responsibility for laboratory operations following a transition period of 60 days after the contract award. Until that time, Associated Universities Inc., the current contractor for Brookhaven, will continue to manage the laboratory.

The new five-year performance-based contract with Brookhaven Science Associates embodies concepts developed in the department's contract reform initiative. Distinct performance measures have been included in the contract, reflecting the department's performance improvement objectives at Brookhaven.

In addition to performance measures for Fiscal Year 1998 in science and technology, environment, safety and health, and community involvement areas, the contract also contains an "off-ramp" provision. If the Energy Department determines that the contractor is not performing in an excellent manner after contract performance of 33 months, the agency may terminate the contract short of completion of the initial term of five years. Alternatively, the department could also choose to continue through the initial five years, but not exercise the option under the contract to continue the contractor's performance for an additional five-year period.

Attached is a statement by Secretary Pena that was read at the public announcement of the contractor's selection. The source selection statement will be available on the Internet at: http://www.ch.doe.gov/bnlseb. Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in high energy, nuclear and solid state physics, nuclear medicine, biomedical and environmental sciences and selected energy technologies.

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Statement from Secretary of Energy Federico Pena on the Announcement of a New Contractor for Brookhaven National Laboratory

With today's announcement, the Department of Energy is meeting a commitment I made to the people of Long Island. On May 1st, I said that we would take the necessary steps to change the management of Brookhaven National Laboratory, increase community input and improve our approach to protecting the environment, preserving worker safety and ensuring public health. And I said that these priorities could go hand in hand with scientific excellence.

I am pleased to help introduce Brookhaven Science Associates to Long Island citizens and Brookhaven employees. The team members have demonstrated leadership at their institutions, and I will look to them to fully integrate safety and environmental protection into scientific research, to accelerate and intensify recent efforts to rebuild community trust, and to achieve overall excellence. Working together, we will make it possible for the laboratory to carry out its mission as a world-class research facility and prove itself a good neighbor to Suffolk County and Long Island.

I want to thank all those who provided input into this contract process and selection -- our neighbors on Long Island, members of the scientific community, lab employees, and many others. I also want to thank the selection team which worked tirelessly to create an open, fair and efficient process. This is the fastest competition we have ever held for a management and operating contract, and reflects a new way of doing business at the Department of Energy.

I invite the people of Long Island and our employees to join me in welcoming the new contractor and supporting this transition. The Department of Energy will demand excellence from itself and our new contractor -- we ask you to demand the same. But let's also celebrate this new chapter for a laboratory that's respected worldwide and valued by so many Americans for its discoveries in basic research, medicine, energy and the environment. The Department of Energy is committed to continuing this tradition of excellence.

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