Source: Weapons Complex Monitor | Wayne Barber| December 15, 2017

Navarro Research and Engineering earned more than 97 percent of its total potential fiscal 2017 award fee from the Department of Energy Nevada Environmental Program Services (EPS) contract. Navarro garnered $835,975 of a potential $857,037 for the period from Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, for work at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

The company captured 100 percent of its $506,000 incentive fee, according to a recently issued DOE fee scorecard. It also took 94 percent, or $329,975, of its potential $351,037 award fee. The Energy Department rated Navarro as “excellent” in all six award categories: business relations, management of people and subcontracts, cost control, schedule, quality, and health and safety.

It also was roughly within 5 percent of both schedule and performance targets, according to the scorecard.

The EPS contract involves environmental characterization and remediation at the Nevada National Security Site and parts of the Nevada Test and Training Range, including the Tonopah Test Range, along with radioactive waste acceptance services at generator sites across the country. The NNSS is a disposal site for approved DOE and Department of Defense waste.

Navarro was credited for working with the site’s management contractor to remove more than 18,000 cubic feet of low-level waste and 22 cubic feet of mixed low-level waste, according to the DOE scorecard. “There were no significant or notable deficiencies identified during the rating period,” the department said.

The Northrop Grumman-led National Security Technologies was the management contractor at NNSS  until being replaced Dec. 1 by Mission Support and Test Services, a partnership of Honeywell International, Jacobs Engineering Group, and Stoller Newport News Nuclear.

The Nevada EPS contract is a cost-plus-award-fee contract under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Based in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Navarro provides environmental remediation and decontamination and decommissioning to clients including DOE and its semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

The Navarro contract was awarded Sept. 25, 2014, and has a potential value of more than $64 million. The contract features a one-year base period and four one-year option periods that run through Jan. 31, 2020. All extensions have been exercised, said DOE spokesperson Lynette Chafin.

The environmental work at NNSS includes addressing legacy contamination from past nuclear weapons testing and permanent disposal of low-level and mixed low-level radioactive waste generated through cleanup projects at the site and elsewhere.

A major part the contract is working with federal, contractor, and laboratory partners within the Underground Test Area (UGTA), according to a Navarro fact sheet. The UGTA team collaborates on lingering groundwater issues from hundreds of underground nuclear tests in past decades at the site.

Navarro did not respond to a request for comment