Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Teams seeking LANL job set for interviews

By ANDY LENDERMAN | The New Mexican
August 24, 2005

Both teams seeking to take over management of Los Alamos National Laboratory are scheduled to meet next week with government officials for a series of interviews .

Rod Geer, a spokesman for the team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. and the University of Texas system, said his team is preparing to answer questions by the National Nuclear Security Administration's Source Evaluation Board.

The meetings are closed to the public, Geer said. And it's unclear where they will take place.

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Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall?
 
It is mostly smoke and mirrors. The decision on which contestant wins the contract will ultimately be made by one person within DOE. Everybody has to continue to participate in the pomp and circumstance, but the decision is by now locked in. We wont get to know who was selected, of course, until December.
 
Agreed!
The fix is in!
 
On the face of it, this seems a really tough decision. We have one bidder with a long record of success in running a weapons lab and amiable dealing with the DOE. The other has no such record, instead a long series of safety and security "stand downs" and "shut downs", and acrimonious dealings with the DOE, but comes with promises of how wonderful it will be if they get the award. Gee, tough call!
The New Mexico legislature has of course gone on record favoring the bidder with the ugly record, as has our Governor.
 
8/24/2005 10:45:12 AM said:
"The other has no such record, instead a long series of safety and security "stand downs" and "shut downs", and acrimonious dealings with the DOE..."

Remember that "the other"(UC)had a thirty-plus year relationship with the AEC before DOE took over. They let Norris Bradbury and Harold Agnew run the Laboratory while they did what a University is supposed to do.

UC did not put the Lab where it is today, although they could have done a much better job of defending it. The award goes to DOE. No matter who wins the contract, DOE will still continue to run the Lab.

Larry Creamer, DX-1 Retired
 
My guess is DOE will CYA and go for LM/UT. If it awards the contract back to UC and then there is another foulup (sure to happen)then DOE looks really dumb. If it awards to LM/UT and there is another foulup (possible), then at least DOE can say it tried to fix the problems.
 
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