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Thursday, May 1, 2014

DOE/NNSA wants a return to a public interest model

DOE/NNSA wants "a return to a public interest model" and is concerned about paying more now and getting less. Combined with the floated 3% to 1% operating fee reduction idea, are we looking at a return to UC or UC and other non profit running LLNL and LANL in 1-3 years time?
Anonymous said...
UC wants nothing to do with running LANL or LLNL without "partners" to deflect some of the criticism that it would be a return to the "bad old days" of absentee management. A university consortium, maybe. UC by itself, never.


Anonymous said...

I think the model that the University of Chicago created for Argonne Lab is the best option for replacing LLNS.

This is a solely university owned LLC - "Argonne is operated by UChicago Argonne, LLC together with team member Jacobs Engineering Group Inc."

It satisfies the DOE RFP requirement that the Lab be operated as a "separate" business entity by the contractor. It provides the university with liability protection, allows for "teaming" with industrial partners for specific activities and reasonable compensation for their efforts, but keeps them from dominating the relationship.

It also very similar to how Lockheed Martin runs Sandia National Lab through an LLC (Sandia Corporation) solely owned by LM.

Anonymous said...

Jacobs Engineering Group IS Bechtel, BTW.

Anonymous said...

Don't hold your breath on this one. DOE wanted to go back to public interest model but the Congress will not allow it. They are all under the big corporation lobby.

Anonymous said...

A few well placed call from the powerful "Bechtelian Brotherhood" to Congress and this talk of dropping the NNSA labs' annual profit fees from 3% down to 1% will be quickly nipped in the bud.

This issue will quickly be forgotten. Carry-on and remember to give 110%. Your manager's annual 20% bonus depends on your hard work.

Anonymous said...

With a reasonable transfer of liability, and with the recent ethics scandal, radiative drum leak issue, and NIF failure, maybe the "pay more and get less" model will give way to a non-profit UC + other University management of the labs once again.

Anonymous said...

Packaging TRU waste for shipment is not an activity that any university would consider appropriate. That requires a Bechtel.

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