Thursday, May 11, 2006

Energy Department wants bidders for Livermore lab contract

By Betsy Mason

The contract to run Lawrence Livermore Laboratory officially went up for bid today when the Department of Energy issued its draft request for management proposals.

The contract is currently held by the University of California, which has run the lab without competition since its inception in 1952. The contract was extended for two years and will expire Sept. 30, 2007.

UC announced in March that it will partner with Bechtel National Inc. for a joint bid for the lab if UC regents vote to enter the competition. In December, the pair won a new seven-year contract for management of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, beating out a bid from Lockheed Martin and the University of Texas.

"Should the board decide to compete, I believe we will be in excellent position to submit a strong and winning proposal," Robert Foley, UC vice president for laboratory management, said in a statement today.


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