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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Charlie is still following the money!

LANS to get EM contract

Charlie is still following the money!

By Associated Press
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Federal officials plan to issue a temporary contract for nuclear waste cleanup operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory while those responsibilities are shifted away from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced earlier this year he would pull cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked and forced the closure of the government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

Agency officials said Wednesday they believe it's appropriate to award the short-term contract to lab manager Los Alamos National Security to avoid any disruption during the interim.

The Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management will oversee the contract.

Officials say it could be two years before the agency issues long-term contracts for the work.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

LANS looses the environmental part of their contract after their mistakes result in an explosion and closure of WIPP.
Then LANS gets the contract back so that EM can figure out what to do next.
This is the weird way that NNSA operates.
And this is the same group that was placed in charge of overseeing the country's nuclear weapons enterprise.
Somehow it just doesn't exude confidence in them.

Anonymous said...

Any one know how much (temporary) funding LANS will revive in the short term?

Anonymous said...

Any one know how much (temporary) funding LANS will revive in the short term?

December 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Yes of course many people know this information. Not you.

Anonymous said...

By 2017, LANS will be gone. It's not likely that LANS will be getting any more extensions to the contract.

This downside of this change in LLCs running LANL will be that it cause more disruptions for those who choose to remain through yet another employee transition.

Anonymous said...


" By 2017, LANS will be gone. It's not likely that LANS will be getting any more extensions to the contract."

If LANS is gone than why should we even have have NNSA labs? What is done at LLNL, and LANL that cannot be done better, cheaper, and safer elsewhere? Without corporate protection Congress will eat the labs alive and shut them down.

Anonymous said...

What will happen to the LANS (stand alone) retirement, if Martin Marietta or another company takes over the LANL contract?

Anonymous said...

December 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

If you refer to TCP-2 as the LANS stand alone program, you are showing a lack of understanding of how retirement programs work in the real world. In the modern workplace, an employee may work for half dozen or more employers over the course of a career. Each employer provides a stand alone retirement program, typically some version of a 401 k plan or a 403 b plan. At some future date each of these individual IRA accounts can either be tapped alone for retirement funds, or it is more common to roll them all together into one managed account at time of retirement. If you worked for LANS for a few years, and then Lockheed, and then Boeing, and then some other private sector employer, you would have 4 of these IRA accounts to manage in retirement, and consolidation is generally recommended.

In summary, nothing at all will happen to TCP-2 when (not if) LANS goes away in the near term. That is how defined contribution retirement programs work in the real world.

Anonymous said...

What corrupt LLC frankenstein mish-mash will get ahold of the TCP-1 pension once LANS and LLNS (they are really just one and the same) are gone?

That's the key question many want to know.

Anonymous said...

Longtime lab champion Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., agreed that any fines shouldn’t come out of the Energy Department's cleanup funds and that “those responsible should not get bonuses or rewards for their mistakes.”

Yeah McMillan, that means you! The money trail is over buddy!

Anonymous said...

It's likely time for Norm Pattiz to walkaway from this fiasco. He's certainly not going to hock his stocks, Hollywood mansion, Ferraris, gold chains, fur coats, and Laker season tickets to pay for the WIPP fiasco. His Chicago lawyers are advising him to get out now!

Anonymous said...

"...What corrupt LLC frankenstein mish-mash will get ahold of the TCP-1 pension once LANS and LLNS (they are really just one and the same) are gone?

That's the key question many want to know..."

My TCP1 information is dated, but a few years ago the LLNS TCP1 fund was performing near the top (2nd?) within the Complex.

Your "key" question is very important.

Anonymous said...

Limp.
Quack.
Limp.
Quack.

And so goes LANS.

Anonymous said...

LANS and LLNS are two incestuous twins.

As goes LANS, so goes LLNS. They are one and the same. Even their corporate boards have exactly the same members.

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