Category Archives: ORISE

Protest on ORISE contract

oriseDepartment of Energy spokeswoman Claire Sinclair said the $1.4 billion contract to manage DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education “is operating as intended with its new scope.” This is despite a protest that was filed by the losing bidder, the Desert Research Institute, with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

“The protest is under seal,” Sinclair said. “Nothing to add.” Continue reading

Losing bidder files protest on $1.4B ORISE contract

oriseThe losing bidder on the $1.4 billion contract to manage the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has filed a protest with a federal court. DOE last month awarded the contract to Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the incumbent.

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims confirmed that a protest was filed March 24 by the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on behalf of the Desert Research Institute, which submitted a contract proposal for the Oak Ridge institute. Continue reading

Desert Research Institute’s comment on DOE award

dri2The Desert Research Institute lost its bid to win the management contract at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. DOE announced earlier that it had selected incumbent Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

In a statement, DRI President Stephen Wells said the institute will have a debriefing next week with DOE’s selection committee. Wells did not comment on whether DRI plans to appeal the decision on the $1.4 billion contract.

Here is the statement from the DRI president: Continue reading

ORAU gets new $1.4B contract from DOE


Oak Ridge Associated Universities has received a new $1.4 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and continue the work that the educational consortium has done since the 1940s.

DOE’s announcement said the initial contract term is through Sept. 30, 2020, with the potential for another five years.

ORAU was the longtime incumbent, but the consortium of universities this time faced competition from the Desert Research Institute in Nevada. Continue reading

Cedar Springs Homeschool wins Science Bowl

Cedar Springs Homeschool won the 2016 Tennessee Science Bowl over the weekend and will represent the state at the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 28-May 2. In addition to the expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital, the team also won a trophy and $1,000.

A team from Lausanne Collegiate School, which won the event in 2015, finished second. A team from Oak Ridge High School was third, followed by Brentwood High School. Continue reading

ORAU’s contract extended through June

oriseOak Ridge Associated Universities’ contract for managing DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, has been extended through the end of June to allow for continued evaluation of proposals submitted for the federal contract.

There are reportedly two bidders for the Department of Energy contract — ORAU, the incumbent, and Nevada-based Desert Research institute. The proposals were submitted in September. Continue reading

Nevada institute’s bid to manage ORISE

As posted earlier, Desert Research Institute in September submitted a proposal to manage the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. DRI is apparently the only competitor to Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the incumbent, which has managed ORISE since its inception and has been a government contractor for decades.dri2

What’s unusual about the DRI bid is the amount of information that’s been made publicly available regarding its proposal. That’s because in order to help prepare for potentially taking over management of the Oak Ridge institute, DRI — a non-profit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education — needed to get the approval of the system’s Board of Regents to form a non-profit entity in Tennessee — to be called DRI Tennessee. As part of that process, DRI provided a briefing paper for the board, and it’s posted online. Continue reading

Report: Desert Institute bidding for ORISE contract

According to a report by Daniel Rothberg in the Las Vegas Sun, the Desert Research Institute submitted a proposal to manage the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge institute for Science and Education. Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the longtime incumbent, also submitted a bid.orise

ORAU’s current contract is due to expire Dec. 31. The proposals were due Sept. 8, and the bidders have reportedly gone through the oral presentations as a followup. The Department of Energy has declined to discuss the bids or say when a winner will be announced. Continue reading

Hearing loss among former workers

k25viewThe Department of Energy’s 2014 annual report for the Former Worker Medical Screening Program contains a bunch of interesting information about worker health issues, and I’ll report more on this later.

One of the most widespread medical issues among former workers is hearing loss, and this is particularly notable among former production workers at the department’s gaseous diffusion plants — such as K-25 in Oak Ridge (pictured). Continue reading