Wednesday, November 23, 2005

DOMENICI STATEMENT ON DELAY OF LOS ALAMOS LAB CONTRACT DECISION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: MATT LETOURNEAU

NOVEMBER 23, 2005
(202) 224-7098



DOMENICI STATEMENT ON DELAY OF LOS ALAMOS LAB CONTRACT DECISION


WASHINGTON – In response to news that the Department of
Energy will not announce the winning bid to operate Los Alamos
National Laboratory on Dec. 1, as previously expected, U.S. Senator
Pete Domenici issued the following statement:


"I have been notified that there will be a brief delay in announcing
the winning bid to operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.


"I continue to have faith that DOE is conducting a fair, thorough and
exhaustive evaluation of the two bids, and I'm confident that no
matter what the outcome, the lab will have an excellent management
team and the employees will be well treated. I do not expect this
delay to inhibit lab operations."


Domenici serves as chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development
Appropriations Committee which funds the DOE national laboratories.



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Comments:
Does anyone else suspect that last week's contract "decision" was wrong, that the expected announcement was squashed by Senator Pete, and that a furious reworking, i.e., decision reversal, is in progress? Why else would the Senator be this accommodating about the delay? Why else would Linton Brooks be wrong about assuring Director Kukux months ago that the Selection Board "if anything, was ahead of schedule"? We all knew St Pete was going to make this decision, no?
 
One certainly can't rule that out, mrbean. It is a distinct possibility. We'll all just have to wait and see until on, or about December 9 when the announcement is made.

--Doug
 
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