from the NS&D Monitor
Fmr. LANL Dep. Director Suspended from Gov’t Work, NNSA Seeking Three-Year Debarment
Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Deputy Director Beth Sellers and her husband, Bill, have been suspended from doing work with the government and have been proposed for debarment after a laboratory consulting scandal, government records indicate. Sellers resigned as Los Alamos’ deputy director in March after an investigation by the Department of Energy’s Inspector General revealed that Sellers and her husband failed to notify lab officials of a potential conflict of interest before her husband, a consultant to the lab, was awarded a sole-source contract. Sellers’ husband also billed the lab for work that he never performed, the IG said. Sellers, a Bechtel executive, was suspended from doing work with the government Nov. 13 in a somewhat rare move for weapons complex contractors, and proceedings are underway for her to be debarred for three years. Her husband, Bill, was suspended Sept. 19 and is also facing a three-year debarment.
According to the government’s System for Award Management, Sellers and her husband are preliminarily ineligible to contract with the government “based upon adequate evidence of conduct indicating a lack of business honesty or integrity, or a lack of business integrity, or regulation, statute, executive order or other legal authority, pending completion of an investigation and/or legal proceedings; or based upon initiation of proceedings to determine final ineligibility based upon regulation, statute, executive order or other legal authority or a lack of business integrity or a preponderance of the evidence of any other cause of a serious and compelling nature that it affects present responsibility.” In a statement toNS&D Monitor, Beth Sellers said she was in the process of responding to government as part of the debarment proceedings. “I have dedicated nearly three decades of my life to federal service and have always demonstrated the highest levels of personal integrity,” she said. “I will be responding to the government notice to address their concerns.” Sellers has been managing special projects for Bechtel since leaving Los Alamos in March. Bechtel said in a statement, “We respect the process and believe it would be inappropriate and premature for us to comment further.”