Wednesday, December 21, 2005
By: Associated Press
LOS ALAMOS (AP) - A team led by the University of California and Bechtel Corporation was chosen Wednesday to run Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Sources told The Associated Press that the UC team had beaten out the second competitor, a team led by the University of Texas.
It was the first time in the lab’s 63-year history that the contract had been put out to bid.
The University of California has run the lab since the lab was formed in World War II to build an atomic bomb.
It also marks the first time a corporation has helped manage the northern New Mexico nuclear laboratory.
The seven-year management contract is worth up to $79 million a year.
An “all-hands meeting” for workers is scheduled Wednesday afternoon to discuss the announcement.
Energy Department officials decided to put the contract up for bid after a series of safety and security problems at the lab in recent years.
The contract originally was expected to be announced December 1st, but Department of Energy officials asked for more time.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
1) UC is connected to LANL and will be the continual punching bag of back east politicians.
2) Bad managers will remain in positions and they will inter now have a nice big witchhunt for anyone who spoke up for the other side.
3) LANL people and the town will get to suffer more versus less.
I for the first time I left LANL six months ago can say.. I am glad to be gone.
If LM/UT does not sue, then the LANL employees should!
I honestly do not think that in the long run (after St Pete retires in 2008) that this was the best for LANL. When that occurs, I am expecting that LANL will soon get the 1% raises a year that the rest of the complex gets, and that they will be faced with the 40% budget cuts that they have been sheltered from.
Well I will try to stay a gruntled person, and wish you all a good New Year.
Ah, well. I don't doubt it, but watching the announcement at noon will be like watching a replay of the Superbowl when you already know the outcome.
Damn those "sources"!