This Contract is a management and operating contract, which holds the Contractor accountable for performance. This Contract uses clearly defined standards of performance consisting of performance objectives and performance incentives
Identical language is found in H-12 of the LANL contract and H-10 of the SNL contract.
Section 2.0 of the LLNL SOW lists 17 major points that the scope of work is to include. Five of these 17 deal explicitly with science and technology, as indicated by bold underline below:
• Conducting major NNSA research and development programs including using an earnedvalue management system;
• Fostering an environment of scientific skepticism and peer review of research programs;
• Assuring the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the national nuclear weapons stockpile pursuant to national security policy and presidential and congressional directives;
• Demonstrating design and development capabilities to support a Reliable Replacement Warhead strategy, and stockpile and complex transformation;
• Providing scientific, engineering, and computational capabilities that support assessment, dismantlement, manufacturing, and refurbishment of the enduring stockpile at a number of sites;
• Operating major facilities including the National Ignition Facility and the Device Assembly Facility that support broad national interests and users.
• Ensuring the secure handling and safe disposition of plutonium, highly enriched uranium, and tritium;
• Helping to deter, detect, and respond to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction;
• Conducting fundamental science research, nuclear energy development, and nuclear waste management technology in support of other DOE programs;
• Contributing to civilian and industrial needs and non-NNSA defense activities through a work for others program by using the scientific and technical expertise that derives from carrying out the Laboratory mission;
• Providing access to the capabilities of the laboratory to further Department of Homeland Security mission objectives;
• Advancing of science, mathematics, and engineering education;
• Advancing science through technological innovation, public and private sector collaboration, and technology transfer to enhance U.S. economic competitiveness and national security;
• Managing and operating the Laboratory facilities and infrastructure in an efficient, cost effective, and innovative manner;
• Remediating and restoring the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory sites;
• Managing waste minimization, treatment, storage, and disposal of all wastes; and
• Assisting the nuclear weapons complex in waste stabilization, storage and disposition technologies.
The lists for the other two laboratories are similar, but with different specific elements. These lists appear to be something more than general principles and something less than specific contractual obligations.
Regarding expectations of performance, all three contracts say in Section H-2:
H-2 PERFORMANCE DIRECTION
(a) The Contractor is responsible for the management and operation of the site in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the Contract, duly issued Work Authorizations (WAs), and written direction and guidance provided by the Contracting Officer and the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). NNSA is responsible for establishing the work to be accomplished, the applicable requirements to be met, and overseeing the performance of work of the Contractor. The Contractor will use its expertise and ingenuity in Contract performance and in making choices among acceptable alternatives to most effectively, efficiently and safely accomplish the work called for by this Contract