According to 10 CFR 800.003 [Title 10 Energy; Chapter III Department of Energy; Part 800 Loans for Bid or Proposal Preparation by Minority Business Enterprises Seeking DOE Contracts and Assistance; Subpart A General], Operating Contractors means “contractors under contracts having one of the following purposes, in accordance with the provisions of § 9.50.001(a)(1) of the DOE procurement regulations (title 41 CFR part 9-50):
(a) DOE prime contracts for the management of Federal Government-owned laboratories, production plants, and research facilities located on Federal Government-owned or Federal Government-leased sites, where the programs being conducted are considered of a long-term, continuing nature; or
(b) DOE prime contracts for the operation of Federal Government-owned facilities located on contractor-owned or leased sites where the programs being conducted are of a long-term, continuing nature. An example of this category would be those contracts with universities for the operation of Federal Government-owned facilities, for the purpose of conducting long-term basic research programs.
(c) Other contracts performed on sites owned by the Federal Government when so designated by the appropriate procurement official.”