ATL is a SeaPort-e prime contract holder in all seven geographic regions. The SeaPort-e contract N00178-15-D-8063 was awarded on April 2, 2015. ATL is a woman-owned small business under the SeaPort-e contract.
Quality Assurance Program Description
Quality Assurance and Control
It is the policy of Advanced Technologies and Laboratories (ATL) International, Inc. to establish, implement, and evaluate quality requirements that ensure risks to human health, to property and assets, and to ATL's business position are minimized while performance is maximized. The quality requirements apply effective management systems on specific work activities commensurate with the risks posed by the project, work order, and individual activities. The ATL Quality Assurance (QA) Program is documented in the ATL Quality Assurance Program Manual and associated implementing procedures. This manual and procedures detail the activities, records, documentation, and training that are required to ensure that the products developed by ATL are of the highest technical quality, are defensible and auditable, and meet the most stringent quality requirements of our clients. ATL's Quality Management System meets quality assurance standard 10 CFR 830 subpart A.
ATL's QA program is based on the concept of "plan, execute, assess." Quality assurance is an integral part of our corporate culture. The ATL QA Program is documented in written, approved Quality Assurance Procedures (QAPs) and is applicable to this project as detailed below:
QAP 1.0 Work Process Controls
QAP 2.0 QA Training
QAP 3.0 Work Product Review
QAP 4.0 Records Management
QAP 5.0 Assessment
QAP 6.0 Information
QAP 1.0 Work Process Controls. Work shall be performed to established technical standards and administrative controls using approved instructions, procedures, and other appropriate means. This procedure defines the activities that will control work processes. Project plans for specified projects and tasks will be prepared by the appropriate project or task manager and will include information on project objectives, schedules, hours, budgets, technical and/or regulatory standards, training, software control, and subcontractor QA.
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QAP 2.0 QA Training. Personnel managing or performing activities affecting quality will receive necessary indoctrination and training to ensure that suitable proficiency is achieved and maintained. The requirements for training will be identified in appropriate plans and procedures. Training activities will be documented, and the documentation will be treated as Quality Records. All personnel involved in corporate activities that are quality-related will be trained in the appropriate requirements.
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QAP 3.0 Work Product Review. One of the main aspects of a viable, defensible QA program is the verification that work products meet planned requirements. This is accomplished through a detailed comparison of the work product to established standards or requirements. This review is documented and the record is maintained as a QA Record. All work products, documents, reports, and items developed must be reviewed, and the review must be documented by a qualified individual as designated by the project or task manager prior to delivery to the client or designated user. The scope of this procedure includes, but is not limited to, all draft and final versions of work products, portions or sections of work products, electronic versions of work products, graphics, and software. Data input into electronic spreadsheets or databases will be technically reviewed in accordance with this procedure.
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QAP 4.0 Records Management. Documents or records of QA activities (QA Records) will be retained and managed in a controlled manner. QA Records such as project work plans, general QA and project-specific training records, technical review documentation, calculations, software documentation, and other project documents or records of QA activities, will be managed in accordance with the requirements of this procedure.
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QAP 5.0 Assessment. Assessment of project/task quality compliance will be performed on a schedule basis. The assessment of quality is applicable to all project/task activities based on the criteria set forth in this QA procedure and the QA Program Plan.
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QAP 6.0 Information Control. The development, issuance, and maintenance of information that involves project quality will be controlled in order to ensure that the most current and relevant versions are being used. This procedure applies to controlled information that involves project quality. Controlled information includes QAPs, QA Project Plans, design documents, QA forms, and instructions.
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Data Quality and Objective Management. Data quality objectives (DQOs) will be established as part of the entire process, especially for the survey design and any data collection or management activity. Randomly selected survey unit release records and assessments will be independently reviewed to ensure that the survey results are documented in accordance with approved DD&R site and field D&D procedures. Audits and independent reviews will be performed and the reports of audit results will be maintained. Personnel performing surveys will receive training to qualify them in the procedures being performed. The extent of training and qualifications will be commensurate with the education, experience, and proficiency of the individual and the scope, complexity, and nature of the activity. Records of training will be maintained. Quality-related services in conducting surveys, such as instrument calibration and laboratory analysis, will be procured from quality vendors whose internal QA programs will be subject to approval in accordance with the a DD&R site Quality Assurance Program.
ATL promotes innovative quality leadership through continuous improvement initiatives that provide valuable benefits to its customers. The project manager will ensure consistency, standardization, and the same high quality among similar products being delivered to different audiences. Program management policies require that all products be reviewed by qualified personnel to ensure consistent accuracy and completeness of project work assignments. Program management will perform inspection and acceptance testing and formally sign-off of the products and services received prior to submission for client's acceptance. Executive management will perform periodic self-assessments and will obtain client feedback from the performance reviews and incorporate the results into project operations. The corporate QA officer for the project will perform periodic independent assessments (audits) to verify conformance with applicable project procedures and contract requirements.
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