Agency Denies Bidder’s Protest on Nuclear-Site Management

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Feb. 28, 2014, 9:09 a.m.

Con­gres­sion­al aud­it­ors on Thursday denied a protest filed by the los­ing bid­der for a big con­tract to man­age two of the coun­try’s key nuc­le­ar-arms sites.

The deni­al by the U.S. Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­ab­il­ity Of­fice of the third protest sub­mit­ted by Nuc­le­ar Pro­duc­tion Part­ners, a con­sor­ti­um headed by Bab­cock & Wil­cox, means the man­age­ment trans­ition at the Y-12 and Pan­tex nuc­le­ar fa­cil­it­ies could soon be re­star­ted, the Knoxville News Sen­tinel re­por­ted. Con­sol­id­ated Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity, a group led by Bechtel, in Janu­ary 2013 won the $22 bil­lion con­tract to man­age the two weapons-com­plex sites.

The Pan­tex nuc­le­ar-weapons as­sembly and dis­as­sembly fa­cil­ity is loc­ated in Am­arillo, Texas, and the Y-12 Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Com­plex, which pro­duces highly en­riched urani­um, is in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which over­sees the U.S. nuc­le­ar-weapons com­plex, said it plans to re­start the trans­ition pro­cess at Y-12 and Pan­tex “as soon as pos­sible.”

However, there is a chance that the Bab­cock & Wil­cox-led group could still file a chal­lenge in the U.S. Fed­er­al Claims Court, the news­pa­per re­por­ted.

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