|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 10 Oct 1996 20:12:20 -0700 (PDT)|
From: Lenny Siegel <email@example.com> I received the following response to my posting on a performance-based system from someone involved in federal facilities environmental cleanup. *********** *********** *********** Regarding performance based RODs and performance based contracting, at least some of the thinking is moving toward changing the way we write RODs to include a general approach but not select specific technologies. For example: excavate and treat soils on-site. In addition, various restrictions could be added to address community and risk based concerns. For example: total VOC emisions could not exceed 4 lbs per day and the 95% UCL of the treated soil must be less then 1000 ppm TPH-D. Changing our contracting or subcontracting approach to use fixed unit price bids for relatively simple efforts such as soil treatment or water treatment. Highly complex efforts would use a cost plus incentive fee type contract with a heavy penalty for cost overruns. The overall goal is to get out of the technology selection process as much as possible thus allowing the market to drive technology selection more. Regulators and property owners would retain a strong role in selection of the approach. In your school example vendors would be allowed to propose methods for protecting children. The lowest price technically acceptable proposal would be given the work. For example technically acceptable would be any approach which prevents children from being in the cross walk when cars are moving at speeds in excess of 15 mph. You could award the project to the Public Works Department that proposed a walkway for 100K rather than the Police Department that proposed stationing a Officer at the location everyday for 150K. Note all previous thinking focused on slowing cars. Note this encourages creative vendors by allowing larger profits.
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