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June 12, 2019

Administrator Sought to Run Hanford Workers’ Comp Program

By ExchangeMonitor

The Department of Energy on Friday issued a request for quote for a small business to administer the workers’ compensation program for contractor employees at the Hanford Site in Washington state.

The agency plans to award a firm-fixed-price contract for up to five years for workers’ compensation support. Washington-based Penser North America holds the current contract, which is set to expire Sept. 30.

The Energy Department solicitation does not list an estimated value for the upcoming deal. The incumbent contract, signed in September 2014, is worth $4.3 million.

The Hanford workers’ compensation program is self-insured and managed on behalf of the Richland Operations Office through a contract with a third-party administrator that processes all claims. The administrator will work closely with the Energy Department and the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries. The state entity approves or denies compensation claims.

The contract has a 60-day transition period. Key personnel needed for the contract will include the principal manager and a state-certified claims-program manager.

The deadline for responses is 3 p.m. E.T. on July 8. The primary contact for the procurement is Contract Specialist Robin Whitney, robin.whitney@rl.doe.gov.

The U.S. Justice Department sued Washington state in December over a 2018 law making it easier for Hanford contractor workers to qualify for compensation.