Approximately $153.2 billion of work currently remains in the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Environmental Management (EM) lifecycle budget for United States projects. Contractors who manage facilities for the DOE have been challenged to identify transformational changes to reduce the lifecycle costs and develop a knowledge management system that identifies, disseminates, and tracks the implementation of lessons learned and best practices. At the request of the DOE’s EM Office of Engineering and Technology, the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) responded to the challenge with formation of the Deactivation and Decommissioning (D&D) and Facility Engineering (DD/FE) Working Group. Since October 2006, members have already made significant progress in realizing their goals: adding new D&D best practices to the existing EFCOG Best Practices database; participating in lessons learned forums; and contributing to a DOE initiative on identifying technology needs. The group is also participating in a DOE project management initiative to develop implementation guidelines, as well as a DOE radiation protection initiative to institute a more predictable and standardized approach to approving authorized limits and independently verifying cleanup completion at EM sites. Finally, a D&D hotline to provide real-time solutions to D&D challenges is also being launched.

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