Results of the ARI Task Force:
The purpose of the ARI Task Force is to 1) identify, prioritize, and resolve issues to enable sites and programs to implement revitalization efforts more effectively and 2) to facilitate programmatic incorporation of revitalization concepts into DOE’s programmatic business environments. The Task Force must do this through coordinating and facilitating communication and connections, sharing lessons learned, broadening the general knowledge base, facilitating, analyzing problems, developing implementable solutions, and considering and incorporating broader perspectives and knowledge. The success of the Task Force can be evaluated by impacts to the Department upon its completion. These impacts can be communicated by grouping our activities into three actions: Breaking Down Stovepipes, Bridging Gaps, and Confronting Challenges. Examples of each are below.
Breaking Down Stovepipes: This includes activities such as our coordination with other DOE wide teams such as the NEPA six sigma team and the Facilities and Infrastructure Steering Committee as well as our regular communications to share lessons, facilitate connections and provide assistance, broaden cross programmatic knowledge, and generate new ideas among our members and others across all programs in the Department, throughout our sites and HQ offices, with our external stakeholders, and with other agencies and organizations.
Bridging Gaps: The ARI Task Force initially identified issues that made implementation of revitalization and reuse projects less efficient and effective. The need for specific analysis to bridge gaps between problem identification and developing implementable solutions was identified. The team also identified the need to create various tools not currently in existence to assist sites in sharing, obtaining, and disseminating knowledge, best practices, and “how to” or “options” guidance. The task force has identified various deliverables that will help bridge the gaps needed to go from problem identification to implementable solutions, activities, and projects. These include establishing a Powerpedia page to share information between all the DOE sites and programs, pulling together data to develop a how-to/best practices guide on energy projects, analyzing problems associated with the CFR 770 process, analyzing the time for completing transfers, and developing tools/evaluation criteria for reuse options.
Confronting Challenges: Several activities identified by the task force, include developing and implementing solutions to problems. Included in this is the process of engaging external organizations and considering of broader perspectives in our solutions. Examples include obtaining concurrence from various DOE organization to disseminate program guidance or directives to improve the ability to use longer term leases, improve infrastructure planning, and improve the 770 transfer approval process.