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Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
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The Field and Analytical Services Teaming Advisory Committee (FASTAC) was established in March 1998. The committee is comprised of Headquarters, Regional Superfund Program and Research, Science, and Technology (RS&T) managers. FASTAC was convened to promote coordination and customer service between the Superfund Program and RS&T Divisions, improve the Superfund Quality Assurance program with an emphasis on field activities, and to complete the analytical services strategy for Contracts 2000.
The Contracts 2000 process examined how Superfund analytical services should be acquired in the future. This workgroup recommended the use of a decision tree for source selection from the existing suite of analytical service sources. Use of this decision tree will help to establish national baseline consistency in acquiring analytical services. FASTAC was tasked with the responsibility to finalize the analytical services strategy recommended by Contracts 2000.
FASTAC evaluated the universe of available analytical sources and considered the following parameters in developing the Decision Tree structure : quality, timeliness, cost, efficiency/availabilty (on-board resource) and potential vulnerabilities. The FASTAC "Decision Tree" Strategy for selecting an analytical vehicle is listed in order of preference :
- Tier 1 EPA Regional Laboratory and ESAT Contract
- Tier 2 National Analytical Services Contracts ( i.e., Contract Laboratory Program [CLP] )
- Tier 3 Region Specific Analytical Services Contracts
- Tier 4 Analytical Services IAGs and Field Contracts/Subcontracts
The Region 6 FASTAC Implementation Plan outlines how the Region will accomplish the FASTAC Strategy. Each EPA Regional Office was asked by the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response to submit a strategy by April 1999.
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