The Office of Management and Budget sent guidance October 3 to agency heads allowing for the expanded use of streamlined accounting processes when special contracting authorities are used to help federal facilities reduce energy costs. The budget scoring method allows for certain energy saving contracts to be used in some circumstances for Utility Energy Service Contracts and on-site energy sources in Energy Savings Performance Contracts. An alternative to standard scoring, the memo outlines the criteria agencies must apply to score the annual budget costs of the contracts during the term of the contract.