Source: EM Update | Vol. 9, Issue 22 | October. 31, 2017
At least 11 prime cleanup contractors across the EM complex surpassed annual goals for subcontracting with small businesses in fiscal year 2017 (FY17), from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017.
The contractors at the Hanford, Savannah River, Oak Ridge, Idaho, Portsmouth, Paducah, and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant sites exceeded socioeconomic business goals by subcontracting with small businesses. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), set-asides help small businesses compete for and win federal contracts. The contracts can be set-aside for small businesses in the following certification programs and socio-economic categories:
- 8(a) Business Development, which helps firms owned and controlled at least 51 percent by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals;
- HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) Program, which assists firms in urban and rural communities;
- Women Owned Small Business Program; and
- Service Disabled Veteran Owned Program.
Cleanup contractor URS|CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) awarded $134 million, or 83 percent, of its contracts and purchases to small businesses, eclipsing its goal of 65 percent.
“Since UCOR began their work in Oak Ridge in 2011, they have shown an unprecedented commitment to the skills, value, and capabilities offered by small businesses,” said Karen Shears, director of the Oak Ridge Office of EM Procurement and Contracts Division. “In turn, the support these companies provided UCOR has enabled them to successfully complete projects across the site on time and on budget.”
About 79 percent of UCOR’s subcontracts have gone to small businesses each year since 2011. That amounts to $691 million for professional services, technical services, engineering and construction, materials, transportation, waste cleanup, and waste treatment.
An example of a UCOR small business subcontractor is Alliance Scaffolding, which provides specialized scaffolding for UCOR’s cleanup work at the East Tennessee Technology Park. UCOR named the small business its 2017 veteran-owned small business of the year.