NNSA Announces Award of Blanket Purchase Agreement for Enterprise Construction Management Services

Press Release
Feb 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, Inc. (Parsons), for Enterprise Construction Management Services (ECMS). Parsons will provide a full range of professional and technical services to NNSA, including continued development of the supporting intellectual infrastructure, ensuring project management requirements are consistently followed, improving federal oversight of contractors, and strengthened accountability for performance of the capital construction portfolio across the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

“As NNSA moves from a Cold War nuclear weapons complex to a 21st century Nuclear Security Enterprise, the new Enterprise Construction Management Services contract will play an important role in allowing us to efficiently and effectively accomplish our mission,” said Bob Raines, NNSA Associate Administrator for Acquisition and Project Management. “We’re continuously improving the way we do business, and awarding the ECMS contract is a perfect example of how we’re working to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

The professional and technical services of an ECMS contractor are required to support NNSA in the planning and management of projects throughout the various stages of development from concept to construction, commissioning and closeout. Integrating tasks under a single contractor will result in improved checks and balances, enhance federal oversight and construction management, and reduce costs. A BPA is a simplified method of filling anticipated repetitive needs for supplies or services by establishing “charge accounts” with qualified sources of supply. BPAs are designed to leverage an ordering activity’s buying power by taking advantage of quantity discounts, saving administrative time, and reducing paperwork.

Parsons’ period of performance is a one-year ordering period from the date of award with four one-year options for a total ordering period of five years if all options are exercised.

An ECMS contractor will generally serve as project integrator for projects valued between $10 million and $750 million and will not directly perform and/or subcontract design and/or construction work, with the exception of conceptual design. ECMS contractors provide a variety of nuclear and non-nuclear construction and project management support services at multiple locations simultaneously across the nuclear security enterprise. This BPA will make available a wide-variety of subject matter expertise that can be deployed to any NNSA project location and provide support to any NNSA federal project director’s team.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.