Contracting

Sandia Labs management contract officially up for grabs

Sandia National Labs

The Department of Energy issued a solicitation on May 18 that opened up bidding on a Sandia National Laboratories management contract that's worth almost $3 billion.

The lab's current management contract with Lockheed Martin's Sandia Corp., which has run the lab for the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration since 1993, expires in April 2017.

The Energy Department issued a request for proposals for the contract on May 18. Bids are due by June 30 and the department is expected to award by the end of the year.

Interest heated up immediately after the announcement. The Albuquerque Journal reported on May 19 that Fluor, CGI Federal, Information Technology Corp., Definitive Logic Corp, Lockheed Martin, Battelle, Boeing, the University of New Mexico, the Texas A&M University System and the University of Texas System have all shown interest in the contract.

On May 24, the independent research and development group Battelle announced that it was linking up with Boeing and several state universities, including the University of New Mexico, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas, to pursue the contract.

Sandia's laboratories, located in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., have an annual operating budget of about $2.88 billion and employ more than 10,000 people. The labs develop, engineer and test non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons to ensure reliability; conduct research and development in arms control and nonproliferation technologies; and explore methods to dispose of the nuclear weapons program's hazardous waste.

Battelle already has contracts to manage six of the national labs, including the Brookhaven, Lawrence Livermore, National Renewable Energy, Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest facilities. It also has a contract with the Department of Homeland Security to manage DHS' National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center in Maryland.

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Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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