Progress Reports and Publications
Background: Through its Integrated Fish & Wildlife Program, BPA partners
with Columbia Basin Tribes, Federal, State, and private organizations who implement
fish and wildlife projects under contract with BPA. BPA publishes the results of
these projects via technical and non-technical reports in a searchable publications
Types of Reports and Publications:
Contractors report their progress and accomplishments in a variety of ways. The
type of publication is based on the level of reporting, the kind of work being done,
and the product or service the contract or project provides.
Contract status reports, based on contract milestones and deliverables, are
submitted by contractors monthly or quarterly in Pisces, BPA's project management
software tool for fish and wildlife projects. While contract-level status reports
are not viewable by the general public, project status reports, which present aggregate
data about all of the contract deliverables under a given project, are available
Technical publications, produced by research projects and scientific studies
funded by BPA, include technical research reports, symposium papers, and scientific
journal articles. Technical reports are relatively all-encompassing (spanning the
scope of the contract/project), detailed, formal, and often structured according
to a prescribed format. Many of these reports are registered with the Department
of Energy (DOE), and assigned a unique publication number. These publications are
available to the public on-line through our publications search page.
Non-technical reports and (annual) progress reports may be produced by contractors
in cases where Pisces status reporting alone is not sufficient to document important
results from a contract/project, but a technical report is not necessary. These
results may include lessons learned, tabular summaries of simple monitoring results.
A non-technical report may also be produced when the extra documentation of results
is so technically simple that a DOE technical publication is not warranted. This
type of report may be used for any project, except those doing
or developing RM&E methods and designs.
BPA does not require a specific
format for non-technical reports at this time, but does recommend that they cover
activities in the scope of work whose results were not sufficiently presented in
the Pisces status reports. Non-technical reports and (annual) progress reports are
uploaded to Pisces, and are publicly available through the publications search page,
but are not published as DOE technical reports.
Draft Reports and Publications: Draft reports and scientific papers submitted
to BPA are typically held for 30 days to allow for BPA and/or peer review before
publication. Soliciting peer review is the responsibility of the report author,
and comments or questions about a report should be directed to him or her. The report
author or BPA project manager may upload comments about a report into Pisces and
make these comments available through the publications search page
along with the report.
Contractors should review the formatting guidelines prior to uploading reports to Pisces.