New Mexico Business Weekly
January 17, 2013
Los Alamos management gets contract extension despite low score
- Gary Gerew
officials gave the Bechtel-University of California group that runs Los
Alamos National Laboratory $59.7 million for managing the lab in 2012
and also gave Los Alamos National Security LLC a one-year contract
extension through a “one-time waiver” that was granted by the National
Nuclear Security Administration, despite LANS’ failure to meet all the
criteria for the extension.
LANS could have earned as much $74.5
million for the fiscal year and got 80 percent of that, according to the
Albuquerque Journal. It was awarded $27.9 million in fixed fees and
work for other entities and another $31.6 million as a so-called “at
risk” fee based on performance.
The at-risk fee could have been
as much as $46.5 million, but LANS got only 68 percent of the maximum.
That was its lowest score since taking over the lab in 2006, according
to the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor.
LANS is supposed to
earn at least 80 percent of the at-risk fee in order to win an “award
term” extending the LANL management contract for an additional year.
requirement was waived in this case by Neile Miller, NNSA’s principal
deputy administrator, according to reports by both the Nuclear Weapons
and Materials Monitor and the Los Alamos Monitor, according to the
A Dec. 7 letter from an NNSA official said Miller
“expressed a desire to award LANS the (contract extension) award in
recognition of LANS’ acceptance and accountability for problems” with a
flawed security system at the lab and for “moving aggressively to
correct the issues,” according to the Journal report.
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