Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Audit of Quality Assurance at Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant

The Department of Energy Office of Inspector General (DOE IG) received an allegation that Bechtel National was missing design control documentation for the DOE’s $12.2 billion Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) in Hanford, Washington, and therefore could not demonstrate that equipment was appropriately manufactured. An audit conducted by the DOE IG substantiated the allegation. Its review revealed significant shortcomings in the DOE’s process for managing the design and fabrication changes of waste processing equipment procured for the WTP. The DOE IG also found that Bechtel had not effectively implemented its own quality assurance procedures and did not have quality control procedures or processes to ensure that deviations from design or specifications were documented to support product fabrication and delivery. Furthermore, Bechtel did not require suppliers to submit reports detailing actions taken to address needed deviations, documents that would have provided additional confidence that needed design changes and/or repairs were properly completed. To address these problems, the DOE ordered Bechtel to develop a comprehensive corrective action plan to address the systemic weaknesses in its approval process for design changes made by suppliers.

Misconduct Type
Poor Contract Performance
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Investigative Finding
Date of Report
Contractors Involved Penalty
Bechtel Corporation $0
Further Information Released
DOE IG Report 9/30/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database