INEEL will likely oppose DOE contractor
Saturday, March 25, 2000
By Anne Minard
Journal Staff Writer
POCATELLO - Roy Evans, who directs environmental monitoring at
the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory,
says his company will likely oppose its replacement by another
Announced earlier this week by the Department of Energy, the
switch - from the non-profit Environmental Science and Research
Foundation to the for-profit Stoller Corp. - stunned some Idaho
State University researchers whose projects are funded through
DOE officials have said the selection was based on an open competitive
process in which technical ratings and cost, among other factors,
were weighed. Evans contends the Department of Energy's procedure
to forge an alliance with Stoller was marred by irregularities.
The whole process took over two years, he said.
"It started with DOE announcing that they were going to
give us the sole source contract for continuing work. There was
some opposition," Evans said, declining to elaborate.
Then the DOE's position changed, Evans said, and they announced
in the publication Commercial Business Daily that a competition
would indeed occur for the contract.
The open competition was slated to close July 27, 1999, and was
extended to August 5, Evans said.
"That was a legitimate extension," Evans said. "It
was closed for several weeks, then they announced that they were
going to reopen it. The whole procedure was irregular, to say
Evans said the company's options for recourse are to protest
to local DOE officials, DOE headquarters, or to "go over
their heads" to the congressional General Accounting Office.
They will pursue the latter, he said.
"We frankly don't expect to get any resolution" through
local officials, he said.
Anne Minard covers science and the environment for the Journal.
She can be reached at 239-3168 or by e-mail at email@example.com.