DOE gives Pacific Northwest National Laboratory "EXCELLENT" for Fiscal Year 1997
January 06, 1998
RICHLAND, Wash. –
The U.S. Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office has awarded Battelle an overall performance rating of "Excellent" for their Fiscal Year 1997 operation of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Richland Operations Office Manager John Wagoner noted in his letter transmitting the performance rating to the Laboratory that "DOE continues to be very pleased with the Laboratory's performance and believes Battelle has positioned the Laboratory well for continued success in the future.
Battelle's ongoing efforts in effectively managing overhead cost, improving the safety of the work force and the public, institutionalizing the Integrated Assessment Program, and assisting the community through programs to support the growth of technology-based businesses should result in sound advancements in both science and technology programs and Laboratory operations for years to come."
This was the second year that the Laboratory's performance evaluation centered on six Critical Outcomes developed in partnership between Battelle and DOE.
The overall performance score for FY 1997 was a 4.3 on a 1.0 to 5.0 rating scale, slighly below the minimum score of 4.5 required for an Outstanding rating. The Laboratory's performance in the six Critical Outcomes includes the following highlights:
* The Laboratory successfully started up the $230 million Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) on schedule and within budget despite a delay due to the discovery of Native American remains on the original site. PNNL also established significant new research programs to fully utilize the DOE national user facility, which will develop the advanced science and technology necessary to clean up environmental problems at government and industrial sites across the country in an economically viable manner.
* The Laboratory demonstrated thirteen new environmental technologies and successfully deployed fourteen environmental technologies, an increase over FY 1996.
* The Laboratory continued with a strong performance in the area of scientific excellence. External peer reviews continue to recognize the high scientific quality, productivity and mission relevance of the research programs. External reviews of the Battelle peer review process indicated that the Battelle process should be utilized as a model for other Laboratories.
* The Laboratory's completion of an organizational and system-related infrastructure to support the Environment, Safety & Health/Operations Critical Outcome was notable. The Operational Improvement Program laid a firm foundation for continued success as Integrated Safety Management becomes a reality.
* The Laboratory's performance within the Leadership Critical Outcome emphasizes the work completed by Battelle in gathering valuable insights into staff and management needs and continuing to aggressively manage costs to provide the most effective and efficient programs possible. The institution of the Integrated Assessment Program (IAP), now in it's second year, is beginning to show results as indicated by a higher than expected average satisfaction rating from DOE customers.
* The Laboratory's performance in Economic Development was outstanding. The Laboratory was instrumental in the creation of ten new technology- based businesses in the Tri-Cities during FY 1997. This program has demonstrated fine leadership and success in reaching out to the community, creating opportunities for new businesses, new jobs, and increased capital investments in the community.
Under terms of Battelle Memorial Institute's contract they will receive a fixed-fee of $9.3 million for fiscal year 1997.
Tags: Environment, Operations, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Economic Development