The overall purpose of project peer reviews is to determine whether the scope of programs, projects, or activities; the underlying assumptions regarding scientific objectives and supporting technology; the cost and schedule estimates; the contingency provisions; and the management approach are valid and credible within DOE budgetary and administrative constraints.
Reviews are conducted by EM and are intended to reduce the risk of project failure by identifying existing and potential problems in a timely manner so that prompt and effective resolution is possible. These reviews assist the field in successfully completing the project, as well as identifying areas where EM management needs to focus additional resources.
Peer Reviews are intended to meet the requirements of DOE Order 413.3B, Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets, which recognizes that independent reviews are valuable in assessing the status of its projects. EM’s goal is to conduct peer reviews for each capital asset project with an approved critical decision twice per year.