Friday, May 20, 2005

Industry may have edge on Los Alamos

Final bid directive adds stand-alone pension, higher fees

Keay Davidson, Chronicle Science Writer

Friday, May 20, 2005

Federal officials issued their final specifications Thursday for the forthcoming competition to run Los Alamos National Laboratory -- and at least one California lawmaker suggested the document might favor a defense industry bid over one from the University of California, which has run the nuclear complex for six decades.

UC officials and other competitors said Thursday that they were still reading the thick "Request for Proposals" document and would not comment on it for several days. Bids must be submitted by July 19, and the winner of the competition is scheduled to be announced Dec. 1.


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