Source: EM Update | Vol. 12, Issue 5 | February 4, 2020

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David Bowling, left, owner of Linear Path, and Phil Clark work on data automation as part of their services to UCOR, Oak Ridge’s cleanup contractor.

A number of prime cleanup contractors across the EM complex exceeded annual goals for subcontracting with small businesses in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019.

Contractors at the HanfordSavannah RiverOak RidgeIdahoPortsmouthPaducah, and West Valley Demonstration Project sites went beyond their socioeconomic business goals for small business subcontracting. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, set-asides help small businesses compete for and win federal contracts. Contracts can be set aside for small businesses in certification programs and socioeconomic categories such as women and veteran owned businesses, and HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) programs.

Oak Ridge 

Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management contractor UCOR awarded more than $168 million in subcontracts in fiscal 2019, with $131 million, or 78 percent, going to small businesses. These awards exceeded the company’s goal of placing 65 percent of all subcontract work with small businesses.

UCOR also surpassed its subcontracting goals with small disadvantaged, HUBZone, and women, veteran, and service-disabled veteran owned businesses.

Small businesses provide UCOR services ranging from automating data processes to manufacturing packaging for waste shipments to repairing large demolition machinery. Each is crucial to helping EM and UCOR stay on track to achieve Vision 2020 — the goal to be the first site in the world to successfully complete cleanup of a former enrichment complex later this year.

“Every partner and every role matters for us to successfully achieve EM’s challenging and complex mission,” EM Senior Advisor Ike White said at a small business event at Oak Ridge in August. “Small businesses have been instrumental in getting us to the finish line with Vision 2020, and EM will continue to depend on their services as we transition and begin major cleanup at the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.”

Small business Linear Path is a software developer that builds applications for storing and mining data. The company developed automated data processes for UCOR that eliminated the need to print thousands of invoices and spreadsheets, which saved money and reduced the square footage required to store those documents.