Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is managed and operated by Fermi Research Alliance (FRA), LLC, under Contract DE-AC02-07CH11359 (the prime contract) with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science (SC). The prime contract's Clause H.13,
Contractor Assurance System, requires FRA to develop a Contractor Assurance System (CAS) that is executed by the contractor’s Board of Directors. The Contractor Assurance System, at a minimum, shall include the following key attributes:
The CAS applies to all work activities and to all personnel performing work at Fermilab including subcontractors and guests. The CAS process encompasses all aspects of the sixteen cross-cutting management systems which are essential to mission success.
The Fermilab Assurance Council (AC) is a key element of the CAS. The members of the AC are Management System owners and major process owners. A major function of the AC is to identify and track issues that arise though an awareness of changes in the laboratory's operating environment, applicable laws and regulations, self-assessments and the various review processes of the laboratory. The AC executes this function through the FRA CAS Cycle, which defines AC oversight activities, meetings and processes leading to the annual Assurance Letter from the FRA Chairman of the Board to the DOE Contracting Officer.