Field Operations

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The Office of Science is accountable for the effective stewardship and management of ten world class laboratories, and employs a performance based management and operating contract model to achieve these objectives. Each Office of Science Site Office oversees the operation of their respective laboratory:

The Office of Science’s (SC) Consolidated Service Center (CSC) provides essential administrative, business, and technical support to the ten Office of Science national laboratories and site offices located throughout the country. NEPA actions are largely limited to Office of Science contracts and financial assistance.

The Office of Science also historically managed the New Brunswick Laboratory (NBL), a Government-owned, Government-operated center of excellence in the measurement science of nuclear materials sited on the Argonne National Laboratory campus.

The Field Operations organization also includes the following offices:

  • The Office of Safety and Security Policy proactively leads all aspects of the Office of Science’s management and oversight of the ten DOE SC laboratories’ operations in the following areas – environmental protection, worker safety and health, emergency management, radiological safety, contractor assurance systems, quality assurance, safeguards and security, laboratory foreign visits and assignments, laboratory badging and clearance determinations, and counterintelligence.
  • The Office of Laboratory Policy facilitates the competition and performance evaluation of the DOE SC laboratories’ management and operating contracts.  The Office supports the SC Head of Contracting Activity on all matters related to SC procurements, coordinates uniform policy with regards to contractor human resource management, and manages the SC laboratory directed research and development and work for others programs.
  • The Office of Operations Program Management provides program management and operational support and analysis of the DOE SC laboratories in the areas of laboratory modernization, facilities and infrastructure, sustainability, and safeguards and security at Office of Science’s laboratories and sites. The Office manages the SC Science Laboratories Infrastructure program and projects, the SC Safeguards and Security program and projects and, represents SC in corporate policy deliberations related to facilities management and SC sustainability efforts.
  • The Office of Acquisition Management provides direct support to the Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) on all matters related to SC procurements and financial assistance.  The office supports the HCA, SC leadership and the Site Offices in Management and Operating (M&O) contracting, non-M&O contracting, financial assistance award and administration, and policy formation.  The office also coordinates uniform policy regarding contractor human resources management, facilitates the competition of the DOE SC laboratories’ M&O contracts, and manages SC’s Small Business Program.