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Contract Reform Self Assessment Report

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The primary objective of this self assessment is to report on the Department of Energys progress in implementing the Contract Reform initiative launched in February 1994 and to discuss remaining challenges. The 1994 Report of the Contract Reform Team called for a reform of DOE contracting practices that had resulted over the years in such deficiencies as insufficient accountability of the contractors that manage DOE facilities, inadequate competition for the award of major contracts and subcontracts, weak financial controls, excessive reliance on cost-reimbursement methods, and an overall emphasis on process rather than results. The Report of the Contract Reform Team contained numerous recommendations which addressed the daunting task of changing almost 50 years of contracting practices. It was anticipated that implementation of these recommendations would change the Departments traditional way of doing business and substitute alternative approaches that were more efficient and cost-effective. The history of contract reform to date consists of 1 reflecting the recommendations in contracting strategies, requests for proposals, and contract documents 2 developing regulations, DOE directives, model contract provisions, and guidance documents and 3 establishing new systems and processes to administer the new contracts and programs to achieve improved results. This self assessment is organized along the lines of the eleven basic elements that constitute the full range of contract reform. These elements are increased competition increased use of fixed-price contracting performance-based contracting which includes performance criteria and measures, results-oriented statements of work, and performance-based incentives cost reduction diversity protection of the worker, the public, and the environment greater financial accountability improved financial management and increased use of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

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  • Administration and Management

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