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 CAS applies to all work activities and to all personnel performing work at Fermilab including subcontractors and guests.
By the Prime Contract, the CAS, at a minimum, must include the following key attributes:
What does this mean at Fermilab? The mission of the laboratory is to advance research and innovation in key areas of science and engineering (primarily related to particle physics and accelerators). The sixteen, cross-cutting management systems under the CAS govern how Fermilab carries out that mission, not what it does. That is, CAS drives Fermilab toward efficiency and integrity, and the mission drives operational performance and impact.
The Fermilab Assurance Council (AC) is a key element of contractor assurance. The members of the AC are Management System owners and major process owners. The AC identifies and tracks 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.