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Dissecting NNSA’s evaluations

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Lab: Washington Post put LANS under microscope

By The Staff

Walter Pincus of the Washington Post has covered defense, intelligence and foreign policy for years.

He knows better than most in how to read between the lines and getting to the top of a sensitive subject.

In his latest blog, Pincus took a look at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s performance evaluations of the nation’s eight nuclear weapons laboratories and production facilities, including Los Alamos.

In fact, it was Los Alamos that he put under his microscope.

For those reasons, Pincus’ blog is worth sharing. Here were the highlights:
 • LANS, the Los Alamos management group — made up of the regents of the University of California, Bechtel, Babcock & Wilcox, and URS Energy and Construction — got a fixed-fee award of $26 million for running the lab. There was a pool of $60.7 million more in what are termed “at-risk fees” to be earned by LANS based on performance ratings. Also, a very good performance can add an additional year to the contract.

Because LANS was found to have had “another strong performance year,” it received an additional $50.1 million, or 83 percent, of the at-risk fees, plus the additional contract year.


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