Breaking News: NNSA To Rebid Prime Management Contract For LANL

by Carol Clark / Jun 27, 2017 / comments
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Breaking News: NNSA To Rebid Prime Management Contract For LANL

Submitted By Carol A. Clark

The Valley Daily Post has obtained a copy of an email issued this afternoon by the director of NNSA's Office of Governmental Affairs. The email states that DOE/NNSA will issue a public notice Tuesday alerting potential offerors of its intent to conduct a competition for the management and operating (M&O) follow-on contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The public notice will be available on various websites for which links will go live by close of business Tuesday.

In May 2016, NNSA extended the period of performance of the LANL M&O contractor, Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), through Sept. 30, 2018. The pursuit of a full-and-open competition will provide the Department the best opportunity for improving the terms and conditions of the contract to incentivize mission performance and cost savings for the taxpayer, according to the email.

The subsequent competition also provides the Department the opportunity to incorporate recommendations from the Congressionally-directed studies and evaluations of the governance, efficiency, and effectiveness of the Department’s NNSA Laboratories and other sites.

To allow time for a full-and-open competition and an orderly transition, the process must begin immediately, according to the email. Following a 15-day waiting period (beginning June 27), required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation, DOE/NNSA will issue draft sections of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for industry comment consistent with past practice. 

There will be many milestones between Tuesday’s public announcement and a final contract award, according to the email.

Background on LANL:

LANL is one of the largest science and technology institutes in the world and it conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology and supercomputing. LANL's primary mission is its national security responsibilities which include the design, qualification, certification, and assessment of nuclear weapons.

LANL is one of three national laboratories charged by Congress to annually report on the state and health of the stockpile to the President of the United States, through the Secretaries of Energy and Defense. LANL also exercises its abilities in nonproliferation and counter-proliferation to interdict the spread of nuclear technology, its capabilities to identify, anticipate, and rapidly respond to emerging threats, and to apply its expertise in energy security solutions. In addition, LANL performs work for the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among others.

LANL’s strategy reflects U.S. priorities spanning nuclear security, intelligence, defense, emergency response, nonproliferation, counterterrorism, energy security, emerging threats, and environmental management.

The projected budget for the LANL M&O contract is approximately $2.5 billion per year or $25 billion for the 10-year period of performance (including options).