ORAU among awardees in $7 million blanket purchase agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for peer review of waterway projects
Oak Ridge, Tenn.—Building on our strong reputation for managing independent, objective scientific peer reviews for a number of government agencies, ORAU is pleased to announce that the organization is among the awardees included in a $7 million blanket purchase agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct independent external peer reviews (IEPR) for the Corps’ water resource projects.
IEPR is a requirement of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. Any waterway project, like dredging, channel clearing and flood control with an estimated cost of $45,000,000 requires IEPR under federal law. The Governor of an affected state can also request an IEPR if there is significant threat to human life, or if the Chief of Engineers determines the project study is controversial. ORAU’s team will convene the peer review with external reviewers and, based on their input, provide findings to USACE about the proposed project.
“ORAU is proud to have the opportunity to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on independent external peer review,” Keri Cagle, director of peer review, said. In her role, Cagle, along with the lead peer reviewer on each project, will present their findings to the USACE chief engineer, who then reports to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives. “As with any peer review, scientific integrity is critical in these projects. We look forward to putting our expertise to work for the benefit of our nation’s waterways and all who live, work or play on them.”
ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 150 colleges and universities, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).