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Title: Process for Conducting a Cost Benefit Analysis for New Radiation Portal Monitors

Abstract

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has deployed over 1,400 radiation portal monitors (RPMs) around the United States to enhance border security. DNDO is now considering deployment of a newer generation of RPMs, intended to have equal or better sensitivity but a considerably lower nuisance alarm rate due to Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) that is common in the stream of commerce. If the nuisance alarm rate is sufficiently reduced at a site, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may be able to reduce the staffing necessary to respond to nuisance alarms generated by the RPMs. This document provides an overview of some possible processes for conducting a cost benefit analysis to place a reliable dollar amount on the value of these new systems. While there is no hard and fast guide for conducting a cost benefit analysis, an austere method is provided for quick estimating. Two robust methods are also provided, one taking guidance from an Office of Management and Budget circular and the other from the Government Accountability Office.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1427628
Report Number(s):
ORNL/LTR-2017/542
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS

Citation Formats

Enders, Alexander L., and McAmis, Clay S. Process for Conducting a Cost Benefit Analysis for New Radiation Portal Monitors. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1427628.
Enders, Alexander L., & McAmis, Clay S. Process for Conducting a Cost Benefit Analysis for New Radiation Portal Monitors. United States. doi:10.2172/1427628.
Enders, Alexander L., and McAmis, Clay S. Mon . "Process for Conducting a Cost Benefit Analysis for New Radiation Portal Monitors". United States. doi:10.2172/1427628. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1427628.
@article{osti_1427628,
title = {Process for Conducting a Cost Benefit Analysis for New Radiation Portal Monitors},
author = {Enders, Alexander L. and McAmis, Clay S.},
abstractNote = {The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has deployed over 1,400 radiation portal monitors (RPMs) around the United States to enhance border security. DNDO is now considering deployment of a newer generation of RPMs, intended to have equal or better sensitivity but a considerably lower nuisance alarm rate due to Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) that is common in the stream of commerce. If the nuisance alarm rate is sufficiently reduced at a site, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may be able to reduce the staffing necessary to respond to nuisance alarms generated by the RPMs. This document provides an overview of some possible processes for conducting a cost benefit analysis to place a reliable dollar amount on the value of these new systems. While there is no hard and fast guide for conducting a cost benefit analysis, an austere method is provided for quick estimating. Two robust methods are also provided, one taking guidance from an Office of Management and Budget circular and the other from the Government Accountability Office.},
doi = {10.2172/1427628},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {1}
}

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