Leveraging Contracts for Innovative Site Characterization and Cleanup: Contracting Primer and Administrative Toolkit
The BTSC is preparing this Primer and Toolkit to outline best practice (BP) approaches, strategies and processes for procuring site investigation and remediation services. The goal of the Primer and Toolkit is to help users identify opportunities to structure procurement processes to encourage application of innovative and cost-effective strategies and technologies. By providing descriptions and rationale for the use of specific contract vehicles, unique insights for contracting services under a variety of regulatory programs, and access to resources and tools, the Primer and Toolkit enables users at all levels to design and implement effective, results-oriented procurements.
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Procurement in support of innovative technologies and strategies involves preparation of requests for proposals (RFP) and assessments of contractor capabilities. EPA's primer, Requesting and Evaluating Proposals That Encourage Innovative Technologies for Investigation and Cleanup, encourages the use of innovative technologies for site investigations and cleanups and addresses special considerations for selecting innovative characterization tools at brownfields sites. Assessing Contractor Capabilities for Streamlined Site Investigations is another primer to be used by brownfields decision-makers during the procurement process.
Resistance to innovative approaches is often based on perceived constraints associated with procurement mechanisms.
The dynamic nature of the Triad approach requires that procurement be flexible and adaptable.
Understanding Procurement for Sampling and Analytical Services Under a Triad Approach, an EPA publicantion, provides information about methods and strategies that have been successfully used to procure services under a Triad approach. The document:
- Uses examples and past experience to provide project managers, technology service providers, regulators, and other interested parties with information that may be useful in developing and implementing Triad-specific procurement approaches
- Includes information on the types of contaminated sites at which the Triad approach has been used or is well-suited for implementation, including Brownfields, Superfund, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action, State Programs, and private sector
- Presents six case studies of specific sites and programs for which site investigation and cleanup services have been procured under a Triad framework
- Provides general information to assist project managers across levels of government and across agencies
Many federal, state, and local agencies as well as private organizations are developing contracting policies to ensure that service providers and product or equipment vendors conduct their businesses in environmentally friendly ways.
The Greener Cleanups Contracting and Administrative Toolkit identifies procurement mechanisms that can require or specify preference for green remediation strategies during removal actions and remedial response (updated January 2011).
Do you have examples of procurement-related materials that have been used for Triad-like projects? Please contact Carlos Pachon or Dan Powell at EPA to discuss such examples.