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Friday, June 14, 2013

LANL subject to another IG report

LANL subject to another IG report


INSPECTION REPORT: DOE/IG-0889

June 7, 2013

Concerns with Consulting Contract Administration at Various Department Sites

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) requested that we conduct a review to determine whether a consulting agreement awarded to Heather Wilson and Company, LLC (HWC), by Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos) was appropriately administered and managed. Specifically, we were asked to determine whether: (1) work products (deliverables) were produced in return for monthly payments to HWC of $10,000; (2) invoices included itemized charges, as required by the agreement; (3) there was overlap between the services provided and work products produced by HWC on consulting agreements awarded by Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Nevada National Security Site; and (4) an NNSA Contracting Officer was subjected to "pressure" when Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the Management and Operating contractor for Los Alamos, requested authorization to enter into an agreement with HWC.

Our inspection identified serious concerns with the administration and management of agreements with HWC for advice and consultation provided to senior managers at four Department contractor-operated sites. Specifically, our testing revealed that the four facility contractors paid approximately $450,000 to HWC even though they did not receive evidence that work performed under the agreements had been completed. These payments were fully reimbursed by the Government.

The issues identified in this report occurred because contractor officials responsible for crafting and administering the consulting agreements either did not incorporate, or failed to enforce, the requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulation into the agreements with HWC. Management generally agreed with our findings and recommendations and indicated it was in the process of implementing or completing corrective actions. Management indicated that the Department has already recovered $442,877 from its contractors of the approximately $464,203 paid to HWC, and is reviewing the allowability of the additional amounts.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just another corrupt politician, just like St. Pete a bunch of hypocrites!

Anonymous said...

Crooked. Politicians, Labs, LANL, Sandia, all of them. Hey atleast LLNL didn't write a contract to HWC.

Anonymous said...

The same Heather Wilson, has a seat, at the table regarding the future of NNSA? Say it ani't so Joe!!
When will all of this corruption stop! Our own Congress-women lobbying for the labs, and being paid to do nothing.SHAME on her!

Anonymous said...

The lab failed to document the supposed "Work" performed by Congress-woman Heather Wilson, but paid her almost one half million dollars? Then when confronted by an IG audit the Labs paid the money back, but Heather kept her money!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Crooked. Politicians, Labs, LANL, Sandia, all of them. Hey at least LLNL didn't write a contract to HWC.


Sandia is crooked, stupid, and wasteful. A previous post:

http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5936951073896589340&postID=8323656670930047689

Anonymous said...

At least we should thank the IG for having the courage to publish a report on this.

Anonymous said...

It sure looks like LANL had a personal services contract for her to escort senior leaders of the Lab around and introduce them to people that they otherwise would not meet. Perhaps an audit of her trips is the next step in getting to the end of this story.

Anonymous said...

LLNL would have bribed CA politicians, but they just don't have the money to spare, and also people like Swalwell are ineffective and/or rookies with no power whatsoever.

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