Jan. 03--Despite receiving an 88 percent performance rating on its evaluation, the Savannah River Site's security contractor suffered from an "unusual" number of security incidents in the second half of the 2013 fiscal year.
According to an annual award fee report, Wackenhut Services Inc. earned $2.4 million out of a possible $2.7 million for the period ranging from April 1 to Sept. 30. While the amount equals an 88 percent performance fee, the report points to several security deficiencies.
"During this rating period, WSI-SRS experienced an unusual number of security incidents associated with the identification, marking and protection of sensitive information, as well as concerns associated with the conduct of the inquiries of the security incidents," the Department of Energy stated in the report.
When asked for a specific number of incidents and what type of information was in jeopardy, spokesman Jim Giusti stated that DOE would let the report speak for itself and did not comment any further.
DOE added that Wackenhut met the overall objectives of its contract with the department; however, the security incidents and performance failures resulted in the contractor initiating a number of corrective actions and lessons-learned bulletins.
"The WSI-SRS management team is expected to continue to monitor the progress of all corrective actions for thorough completion and implementation," DOE added in the report.
The 88 percent performance falls in the "very good" category, according to the ranking chart, and shows an improvement from the first half of the fiscal year. For the first half, which was Oct. 1 through March 30, the contractor received a 79 percent performance rating.
In the report, DOE also highlighted several of the security contractor's achievements, including Wackenhut's law enforcement division meeting more than 250 national standards.
"DOE is pleased with the overall rating for WSI and their ability to address our concerns," Giusti added.
The report is the second performance evaluation for SRS in the last few weeks. The National Nuclear Security Administration recently evaluated Savannah River Nuclear Solutions -- the Site's largest contractor. The contractor received a 68 percent approval rating, which ranks in the "Good" category.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June.
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