At the request of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, an independent analysis of EEP's outsourcing system is being conducted in 2010 under the leadership of the widely respected School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
NCDENR commissioned the School of Government team to provide a transparent analysis that includes stakeholder input on EEP business practices. The first phase of the study included facilitated sessions with private-sector contractors, program users, regulators and environmental agencies, and representatives of NCDENR and the N.C. Department of Administration. The initial outreach sought to identify performance measures to use in the second phase of the project, which will be an analysis of EEP procurement practices.
EEP staff provided a summary of the two primary procurement methods used by the program - the full delivery and design-bid-build initiatives - assessing the pros and cons of each method and their relative usefulness. More information on the study is available at a special SOG wiki page.