Thursday, November 24, 2005

DOE can't announce yet because they haven't been told the answer

A comment by "lucky" from the

http://lanl-the-real-story.blogspot.com/2005/11/doe-wont-meet-deadline-to-announce-los.html

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DOE can't announce yet because they haven't been told the answer. Senator Domenici, who supports UC, and Representative Hobson, who despises UC haven't resolved it yet. Same players with the RFP. Pete insisted that the bid "must not discriminate" against the current contractor, UC. This meant the UC must agree that the RFP was something they would bid on; which allowed them to dictate a lot of the RFP's key features. The RFP was then such a slanted POS that no one but UC would bid it. Hobson intervened, and insisted that there couldn't be a "competition" with only one bidder. This led to the major revisions of the RFP, though it was still so slanted that only LM/Sandia (an insider) bid.

This "non political" competition is nothing but politics. Left to their own resources DOE would go with LM/Sandia, but they won't get to make the decision. No surprise there.

I hope Hobson wins this one, but its a tough call. Hobson has a plan for the future of the weapons complex, Domenici simply wants pork. Domenici loaded up the DOE piece of the Energy Appropriations bill, just passed, with $450 million in pure pork, splattered around with a shot gun, so he has lot of favors due him. He's good at this game. Too bad he doesn't care about bringing the best management possible to LANL, and serving the interests of the nation. Sometimes our "democracy" makes me shake my head.


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"...Hobson has a plan for the future of the weapons complex, Domenici simply wants pork. Domenici loaded up the DOE piece of the Energy Appropriations bill, just passed, with $450 million in pure pork, splattered around with a shot gun, so he has lot of favors due him. He's good at this game..."

Don't be naive Lucky. The people of NM don't re-elect Sen Domenici because they think he is a visionary. Likewise for Hobson's district. How else do you think NM gets $1.90 in federal funds for every tax dollar it sends to DC - the kindness of Congress? The political clout of Udall, Pearce, Wilson, Bingaman, and Richardson?
 
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