The Department of Energy has requested bids for a small business to provide analytical services and testing work for five years at the Hanford 222-S Laboratory. Proposals are due July 17.
The request for bids is similar to the draft request released three months ago for comment.
The type of contract will be changed from the cost reimbursement contract that is currently used for services at the lab to a hybrid contract. The proposed new contract will include a fixed price for services, and unexpected work would be covered through a reimbursement of costs. Pension and benefit costs also would be reimbursed.
An incentive fee would be available for certain line items in the contract.
The contract, held by Advanced Technologies and laboratories, or ATL, has been valued by DOE at $72.4 million for five years, which includes $10 million in American Recovery Act money.
ATL is on the final year of its current contract with a new contract planned to start in 2015. It has twice been awarded five-year contracts.
The new contract will have a base period of two years followed by up to three one-year contract extensions. It will cover an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 laboratory analyses each year.
The laboratory in central Hanford analyzes inorganic, organic and radiochemical samples, the majority of them drawn from the nuclear reservation's underground tanks holding high-level radioactive waste and work at the tanks.
Another laboratory at Hanford, the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility, is being shut down by DOE and the sorts of samples it has analyzed are being shipped off Hanford.
For 20 years, it has analyzed samples of air, water, soil, vapor and sludge with trace amounts of chemicals and radioactive materials. Many of the samples are gathered from surveillance and monitoring work.