Tuesday, December 13, 2005

11:35 am: Sen. Domenici: 'Reason to believe' Los Alamos contractor to be selected before Christmas

By Andy Lenderman | The New Mexican
December 13, 2005

New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said this morning that he has reason to believe a decision on the Los Alamos National Laboratory management contract will be made before Christmas.

When asked by telephone whether Northern New Mexico would have an answer to the contract competition, Domenici said, “The bad thing about it is you don’t want to give people a hopeful Christmas and then they don’t get it.” But he said he would answer the question as best he could.

“I hope so,” Domenici said from London, where he was traveling home from a European nuclear power conference. “And I have reason to believe that Christmas will not pass without there being a contractor selected for Los Alamos.”

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There is 'reason to believe' that the process is completely out of control.

We have Hobson and Dominici each pulling in different directions: Dominici likes UC, Hobson hates UC.

DOE hasn't made a decision on their own in over 50 years.

Dominici holds the purse strings to DOE's budget.

NNSA is even less functional than DOE, at least with respect to being able to find their own ass with the help of a full set of instructions, pictures included. At this point NNSA has been completely marginalized, they are simply the mouthpiece for powerful politicians.

UC has fouled their own nest to the point where the normal political process can no longer ignore it.

The contract selection decision process in now in the spotlight.

Which set of forces will prevail, and how much longer can the aforementioned 'decision makers' vacillate on making that hard choice? Before Christmas; after Christmas; sometime in 2006?

I'm betting on 2006.
 
Impotence.
 
And when NNSA announces that (at Dominici's "request") UC/Bechtel has won the contract, all hell will break lose.
 
DOE does seem extraordinarily interested in discussions that have occurred on this blog over the past couple of days:

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OK, fine, but do you think that the guys at DOE are getting it through their thick skulls just how low their stock is among the scientific community--nationwide and worldwide? At least they can rest comfortably on NNSA, who lies below them in the rankings.
 
Maybe they can delay the decision for another 4-1/2 years so that I can get fully vested in UCRP...
 
They might be trying to determine if they can recognize the writing style of "DOE Guy."
 
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