Saturday, January 29, 2005

DOMENICI STATEMENT ON LOS ALAMOS FEE REDUCTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MATT LETOURNEAU
JANUARY 28, (202) 224-7098

DOMENICI STATEMENT ON LOS ALAMOS FEE REDUCTION

WASHINGTON -

In response to news that National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has imposed a major fee reduction on the University of California for its performance managing Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici issued the following statement:

"I think that giving UC a 'good' rating for their management is fair. That's a sound assessment. Clearly there is room for improvement, but the facts underlying all the bad headlines is that the University has done a good job in trying times."On the other hand, the NNSA has responded to the bad headlines by cutting the University's award fee unreasonably.

That willingness to succumb to political pressure reveals to me that the University is doing a better job of standing up to criticism than is the NNSA. I had expected better from the NNSA."I know the University is doing all it can to improve the management and operations of the Laboratory, and I will work on improving the management and operations of the NNSA."

The NNSA awards fees annually based upon contractor performance.

This year, with the opportunity to rate the University of California's management of Los Alamos as "outstanding, good, satisfactory, or unsatisfactory," the NNSA has rated the University as "good."

-Matt Letourneau
Deputy Press SecretaryU.S. Senator Pete Domenici

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