Monday, January 31, 2005

Letter From Congressman Udall

About a week ago I emailed Congressman Udall to express some concerns regarding the wording of the draft RFP. I received this response from his office today.


January 31, 2005

Mr. Douglas Roberts
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506

Dear Mr. Roberts:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Los Alamos
National Lab (LANL) Management and Operating Contract
Competition process. I appreciate hearing from you on this
important issue.

I have received numerous phone calls, letters, and emails
over the past few months from people extremely concerned with
the future of LANL. As the LANL contract process unfolds, I
encourage people to continue to share with me their thoughts,
questions, and concerns. In response to many inquiries, I held a
Town Hall meeting in Los Alamos on January 17, 2005, which
was attended by over 300 members of the community. Based on
the information I gathered there and through correspondence from
constituents, I submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of
Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration
(NNSA) on January 21st. The NNSA is overseeing the draft
Request for Proposal (RFP) regarding the bidding process for a
LANL contract. Please visit my website at to view the comments I submitted as
well as other information about LANL.

The comment period for the draft RFP closed on January
21, 2005 and no further comments are being accepted by the
NNSA at this time. The final RFP is expected to be released by
late February, and a new contract award is anticipated by July 1,
2005. NNSA has proposed a transition period of five to seven
months, after which the new contract will be in effect. Please be
assured that I will continue to closely monitor this process. I
believe the vitality and stability of the Los Alamos community is
rooted in LANL, making the successful outcome of this process all
the more important.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me. Please
feel free to contact me again if you have thoughts or comments on
any federal issue. You may visit my website at for more information.

Very Truly Yours,

Tom Udall
Member of Congress

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