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Independent Evaluation of NRC’s Contract Award Process

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number
Report Type
Inspection / Evaluation
Joint Report
Agency Wide
No (location specific)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


Determine what policies and procedures are required for an efficient and effective contract award process, develop or update them, and establish a process to regularly maintain them.

Develop a comprehensive communications and information-sharing plan, in concert with NRC internal stakeholders, which facilitates timely and effective sharing of current policy and updates.

Develop templates and samples and make them available for reference.

Clearly delineate the roles, responsibilities, and expectations associated with each stakeholder involved in SEP report creation. As part of this, NRC should evaluate whether:
OGC and/or Division of Contracts personnel should play a greater role in the review of the SEP documentation for sufficiency, particularly as it pertains to documenting SEP conclusions in a manner that fully complies with FAR.
Templates or other tools should be developed that would facilitate better compliance on the part of SEP personnel, particularly as it pertains to fully documenting the logic behind the SEP’s decisions and conclusions.

Update PALT times (milestone schedules) on a biennial basis to determine if changes need to be made to reflect the changing factors that affect them (i.e., contracting workload, staffing levels).