Office of Environmental Management

EM Recognizes SRS Prime Contractors for Cost-Savings Techniques

July 13, 2017

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Joannie Lemonds and Scott Brantley, are field procurement engineers with Savannah River Remediation.
Joannie Lemonds and Scott Brantley, are field procurement engineers with Savannah River Remediation.

AIKEN, S.C. – EM recently recognized the Savannah River Site (SRS) management and operations and liquid-waste contractors for being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

   Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) and Savannah River Remediation (SRR) participate in EM’s Strategic Sourcing Initiative (SSI), which applies an organized, systematic, and collaborative approach to acquire commonly used goods and services. The SSI enables contractors to partner with companies to develop optimal solutions, share best practices, and create a strategic sourcing community. 

   In letters to SRNS and SRR, Ralph Holland, head of EM contracting activity, acknowledged the importance of using taxpayer dollars efficiently and effectively. The contractors are “highly commended for your valued support in the success of the EM SSI and the continued achievement of the EM mission,” the letters said.

   “Your efforts serve as an example of excellence across the DOE complex,” Holland wrote. “EM prime contractors working together to leverage common commodities, thus enabling pricing and processing efficiencies, is critical to achieving the ultimate goal of maximizing taxpayer value for every dollar spent.”

   In fiscal year 2016 (FY16), EM achieved a total savings of $59.4 million through the SSI, surpassing the target savings goal of $36.8 million.

   SRNS developed an integrative approach to supply chain management through innovative system and process changes. SRR participates in the process, helping refine changes. Together, the contractors achieved FY16 SSI savings totaling more than $20.5 million.

   SRR logged 14,319 transactions using a federal software package in FY16 — the highest of all EM SSI contractors. This Vinimaya software package gives contractors online options to purchase commodities and supplies. SRR uses it to connect users with suppliers to create ease in ordering supplies. SRNS had the second highest amount of transactions at 10,666.

   The SRR supply chain management team takes pride in streamlining business processes and maximizing government cost savings, SRR Supply Chain Management Director Ellen Hansmann said.

   “SRR is committed to being good stewards of taxpayer money,” Hansmann said. “Supporting the Strategic Sourcing Initiative as well as consistently using Vinimaya to make smart purchases are just two ways in which we do that.”

   SRNS had the highest total eSourcing savings amount — $6.9 million — and the highest site strategic savings amount — $7.8 million. eSourcing allows SRNS to obtain bids from different suppliers via an online portal.

   “SRNS is a customer-centric organization, and we're proud of our strategic sourcing plan execution,” SRNS Strategic Sourcing Director Mike Newman said. “We align our procurement and overall supply chain management to drive products and services that exceed customer expectations at the best value to the government.”