Contract To Manage Sandia National Laboratory Temporarily Extended

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 23, 2013, 10:02 a.m.

The Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion has tem­por­ar­ily ex­ten­ded Lock­heed Mar­tin’s con­tract to man­age San­dia Na­tion­al Labor­at­or­ies, the Al­buquerque Journ­al re­por­ted.

The agree­ment to man­age the nuc­le­ar weapons re­search cen­ter now will ex­tend six months bey­ond its Sept. 30 ex­pir­a­tion date un­til March 2014, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per. NNSA said in 2011 that it would ac­cept com­pet­ing bids for the con­tract, but that pro­cess has since stalled and it has yet to is­sue a form­al re­quest for pro­pos­als.

NNSA of­fi­cials de­clined to give a reas­on for the delay or com­ment on what would hap­pen after March, the news­pa­per re­por­ted. The delay comes amid an un­re­solved con­flict over the con­tract to man­age the agency’s Pan­tex nuc­le­ar weapons plant in Texas and the Y-12 na­tion­al se­cur­ity fa­cil­ity in Ten­ness­ee. The agency ini­tially awar­ded the con­tract to a con­sor­ti­um led by Lock­heed Mar­tin and Bechtel earli­er this year, but com­pet­ing bid­ders ap­pealed the de­cision.

The re­new­al of con­tracts at oth­er NNSA fa­cil­it­ies also has come un­der scru­tiny dur­ing the past year. Watch­dog groups and Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­ab­il­ity Of­fice of­fi­cials have raised con­cerns that the agency re­newed deals in­volving Los Alam­os Na­tion­al Labor­at­ory in New Mex­ico and Lawrence Liv­er­more Na­tion­al Labor­at­ory in Cali­for­nia.

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