Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Response From Senator Bingaman

I received this response from Senator Bingaman after having emailed him my concerns regarding the wording of the current RFP.

      January 25, 2005

Doug Roberts
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506

Dear Doug:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Draft Request
for Proposal (RFP) for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
I appreciate your taking the time to bring your concerns to my

I understand your concerns with the current form of the
draft RFP and agree that more attention must be paid to a variety
of issues, particularly health benefits and pensions. I believe that
the Department of Energy (DOE) must take every possible step to
retain the outstanding employees who have worked so hard to
make LANL one of our country's most important national
laboratories. DOE has made science a top priority in the proposal,
and that is good. But I believe more emphasis needs to be placed
on ensuring the benefits package offered to employees and retirees
is as good as or better than the one offered by the current

To this end, I have written a letter to Linton Brooks, the
administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration
(NNSA), offering suggestions for the draft RFP to better address
employee and retiree concerns, to develop an approach for
oversight that effectively safeguards the health and safety of
workers and the broader community, and to ensure LANL
continues the tradition of excellence in science in the future. I also
requested that the NNSA grant an extension of the deadline for
comments on the draft RFP, and I am pleased to report that the
NNSA responded by extending the deadline to January 21, 2005. I
hope you will continue to make your views known to the NNSA as
this public process goes forward. And please be assured that I will
continue to keep your letter in mind as I scrutinize the RFP

Again, thank you for writing. Please do not hesitate to
contact me in the future regarding this or any other matter of
importance to you and your community.


United States Senator

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