General Lab Information

Section C.3 - Core Expectations

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(a) General

The relationship between DOE and its national laboratory management and operating contractors is designed to bring best practices for research and development to bear on the Department's missions. Through application of these best practices, the Department seeks to assure both outstanding programmatic and operational performance of today's research programs and the long-term quality, relevance, and productivity of the laboratories against tomorrow's needs. Accordingly, DOE has substantial expectations of the Contractor in the areas of: program delivery (or development) and mission accomplishment; laboratory stewardship; and excellence in laboratory operations and operational business management.

(b) Program Development and Mission Accomplishment

The Contractor is expected to provide effective planning, management, and execution of assigned research and development programs. The Contractor is expected to execute assigned programs so as to strive for the greatest possible impact on achieving DOE's mission objectives, to aggressively manage the Laboratory's science and technology capabilities and intellectual property to meet these objectives, and to bring forward innovative concepts and research proposals that are well-aligned with DOE missions. The Contractor shall propose work that is aligned with, and likely to advance, DOE's mission objectives, and that is well matched to Laboratory capabilities. The Contractor shall strive to meet the highest standards of scientific quality and productivity, “on-time, on budget, as promised” delivery of program deliverables, and first-rate service to the research community through user facility operation.

The Contractor is expected to demonstrate benefit to the nation from R&D investments by transferring technology to the private sector and supporting excellence in science and mathematics education to the extent such activities are consistent with achieving continuous progress towards DOE's core missions.

(c) Laboratory Stewardship

The Contractor shall be an active partner with DOE in assuring that the Laboratory is renewed and enhanced to meet future mission needs. Within the constraints of available resources and other contract requirements, the Contractor, in partnership with DOE, shall:

(1) Maintain an understanding of DOE's evolving Laboratory vision and long-term strategic plan and address the evolution of Laboratory capabilities to meet anticipated DOE and national needs.

(2) Attract, develop, and retain an outstanding work force, with the skills and capabilities to meet DOE's evolving mission needs.

(3) Renew and enhance research facilities and equipment so that the Laboratory remains at the state-of-the-art over time and is well-positioned to meet future DOE needs.

(4) Build and maintain a viable portfolio of research programs that generates the resources required to renew and enhance Laboratory research capabilities over time.

(5) Build and maintain a positive relationship with the broader national and international research community, to enhance the intellectual vitality and research relevance of the Laboratory, and to bring the best possible capabilities to bear on DOE mission needs through partnerships.

(6) Build a positive, supportive relationship founded on openness and trust with the community and region in which the Laboratory is located.

(d) Operational and Business Management

The Contractor shall effectively and efficiently manage and operate the Laboratory through best-in class management practices designed to foster world-class research. Contractor shall, at the same time, protect and properly maintain DOE property, facilities, and intellectual assets; as well as ensure the health, safety and security of workers, the public and the environment. The Contractor shall operate the Laboratory in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and requirements. The Contractor shall manage the Laboratory cost-effectively, while providing the greatest possible research output per dollar of research investment, and, accordingly, develop, deploy and maintain integrated management systems and practices that are designed to enhance research quality, productivity and mission accomplishment consistent with meeting operational requirements.