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Monday, April 16, 2018

Contract award criteria

Now that we apparently know from various sources the three teams competing for the LANL contract are
Team A = Bechtel/Purdue
Team B = University of California/Texas A&M/Battelle
Team C = University of Texas/BWX Technologies

I wonder how folks think they score relative to each other on the evaluation criteria in the RFP:

The Government intends to award one contract to the responsible Offeror whose proposal is responsive to the solicitation and is determined to be the best value to the Government. Selection of the best value to the Government will be achieved through a process of evaluating each Offeror’s proposal against the evaluation criteria described below. The Technical and Management Criteria in M-4 will be adjectivally rated. The Cost Criterion M-5 will not be adjectivally rated, but will be used in determining the “best-value” to the Government. In determining the best value to the Government, the Technical and Management Criteria, when combined, are significantly more important than the Cost Criterion.


The following criteria are listed with degrees of importance. Criterion 1 and 2 are of equal importance and, when combined, are significantly more important than Criterion 3.

(a) Criterion 1: PAST PERFORMANCE
The Government will evaluate the Offeror's relevant past performance during the last five years to determine if the relevant past performance demonstrates the Offeror’s ability to successfully perform the Statement of Work (SOW). Past performance that is determined to not be relevant will not be evaluated. Relevant past performance is past performance that is similar in size, scope and complexity to the requirements in the Statement of Work...In the case of an Offeror without a record of relevant past performance or for whom information on relevant past performance is not available, the Offeror will be evaluated neither favorably nor unfavorably in this criterion, and will be assigned a neutral rating... The Government will not apportion past performance under a DOE, NNSA, or other contract differently among parent companies that have teamed for the purposes of said contract; all parent companies under a contract will be equally credited (positively and negatively) for past performance for that contract.

The Government will evaluate the Offeror’s Laboratory Organization, Key Personnel resumes, and information provided by Key Personnel references...

The Government will evaluate the effectiveness of the Offeror's approach in using small businesses...


The Transition Price, Fee for Management and Operation of LANL and Fee for Strategic Partnership Projects (Section L, L-17) will be evaluated for price reasonableness.

I personally give Team B the edge


Anonymous said...

"I personally give Team B the edge"

Team A has already won.

Anonymous said...

The assumption is that the teams are as stated...and you know what they say about assumptions.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Battelle is on a team... The rest looks right.

Anonymous said...

Hard to see how BWXT could have any chance based on past performance. In addition to sharing the LANS failure with UC and Bechtel they own the Y-12 nungate failure. Add in the long memories of NNSA when BWXT had not one, but two, protests on the Pantex / Y-12 consolidated competition. Considering that they finished dead last among the considered SNL bids, this may be poor decision.

Anonymous said...

The longer it strings out, the more likely the for-profit team(s) will win. Anybody who does not think that politics plays in these decisions is dead wrong.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I don't think Battelle is on a team... The rest looks right.

April 17, 2018 at 10:47 AM

Battelle is on that team.

Anonymous said...

Battelle is on that team.

April 18, 2018 at 7:31 AM

But...but..but Battelle is good, they cannot be on a team with UC can they? I have been saying for a few years that no one would bid for LANL, yet we have three different teams. I said for years that no you would ever team with UC, so how can Texas AM and Battelle team with them? Could it be that my personal narrative is wrong and that I don't know what I am talking about and never had a clue what was going on? Reality is horrible and I will deny it.

Anonymous said...

Any team comprised of some of the current LANL management team from ADPSM or ADNHHO should score low for quality given that the brought us the three year criticality safety pause, which didn’t fix anything. Find the team that has these clowns and you can reduce the list by one.

Many are suggesting that UC/Battelle has the stronger team and better proposal. NNSA blames Bechtel for the problems at a LANL, Pantex and Y-12.

Anonymous said...

Battelle is not teamed with UC. They provide the same service (i.e running science programs) so why would they team?

There was a rumor Battelle would team with an industry partner like Leidos or even Bechtel but that did not come to pass. Battelle showed no interest during the pre-bid either.

Anonymous said...

"NNSA blames Bechtel for the problems at a LANL, Pantex and Y-12."

April 19, 2018 at 4:21 AM

What problems at Pantex and Y-12? No facts included. Pantex recent problems are with the Corp of Engineers and Y-12 last problem was a nun (BWXT), right? Truth is only LANL is having real problems. Not LLNL, SNL, PNNL, ORNL, SRNL, ANL and the list goes on....

Anonymous said...

I want whatever drugs 3:17 is taking. Seriously out of touch with reality, dude.

Anonymous said...

April 30, 2018 7:00pm

Facts please. Still waiting. My guess is you don't even know what they do at Y-12 and Pantex. Any shipments missed? Any security breaches? Did they misplace a pit?


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