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Audit Report: ER-B-98-03

November 7, 1997

Audit of the Union Valley Sample Preparation Facility at Oak Ridge

In 1991, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems (Energy Systems) determined that new bioassay and environmental sampling laboratories were needed to meet increasing workload and staffing requirements. Energy Systems proposed and the Department of Energy (Department) approved a solicitation for a private company to construct a facility which Energy Systems would lease back on behalf of the Department. Energy Systems entered into a lease for this purpose in August 1994 and moved into the facility in October 1995. We initiated this audit to determine if the Department’s acquisition of the Union Valley Sample Preparation Facility (UVSPF) was necessary and cost effective.