Energy Department will soon issue solicitation for next SRS security contract

November 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy will soon issue a request for proposals for the paramilitary security contract at the Savannah River Site.

In a post made Nov. 27 to the Federal Business Opportunities website, the DOE announced an RFP would be issued within 15-60 days.

SRS manager Michael Budney on Monday told a nuclear panel in Augusta the DOE would be “moving” on the security solicitation process “in short order.”

Duties of the site security contractor include responding to emergencies and protecting the site, its personnel, its national security interests, its nuclear material, its sensitive information and more. The security contractor at SRS is far beefier than a standard security outfit, essentially, and is often described as a protective force.

The current SRS security contractor is Centerra-SRS, an offshoot of Centerra Group.

Between October 2017 and March 2018, Centerra-SRS operated at 95 percent marked success, according to a DOE evaluation and scorecard.

Centerra-SRS’s current 10-year contract expires Oct. 7, 2019.

A new security contract – the point of this forthcoming RFP – will likely be awarded late 2019, early 2020, according to a DOE Office of Environmental Management procurement spreadsheet, which was last updated Nov. 19.

Site security is separate from the management and operations contract, as is liquid waste.

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