The Delicate DoD/DOE Subcontracting Web Apparently Requires Gatekeeping
In December of 2019, the Chair of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Data Quality Workgroup issued a memorandum to the Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) Accreditation Bodies stipulating that the outsourcing of management system activities to any entity (or facility) beyond the entity that physically receives samples for analysis must be identified and meet the requirements for subcontracting, and those entities/facilities must have prior written approval and authorization from the DoD/U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). From this new requirement, it appears likely that potentially unacceptable (for whatever reason) lower tier subcontractors were previously being used under the DoD/DOE’s radar for rather important technical functions like data acquisition/processing, data review (validation) and support.
This is an excerpt from the memorandum:
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