LANS awards $251M contract to SOC Los Alamos

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SOC LLC has been awarded a contract to continue providing protective force services at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. The contract is for three years with two one-year extensions and has a value of about $251 million.

SOC LLC, operating as SOC (Securing Our Country) Los Alamos, has provided protective force services for Los Alamos for more than a decade. The company was previously known as Protection Technology Los Alamos. Its current contract runs through December 22, with the new contract to begin the next day.

“Congratulations to the entire SOC-LA management team. The protective forces at Los Alamos have performed admirably over many years, securing our critical national security interests, our property, and our people,” said Associate Director for Security and Safeguards Mike Lansing. “The rigorous selection process used will ensure that the best-qualified leadership team will continue that well-earned legacy.”

"We’re pleased to award this contract," said NNSA Los Alamos Site Office Manager Kevin Smith. “It is vitally important that Los Alamos National Laboratory have the highest quality in protective services. We look forward to SOC continuing that high standard.”

The competitive process for selecting a protective force provider began more than 18 months ago and included a formal evaluation of several companies that had responded to a request for proposal from the laboratory.

In a report last August in the Los Alamos Monitor, one of the biggest contenders for the contract was identified as Wackenhut Services Inc. which confirmed it had responded to the lab’s request for proposals.

“We submitted a proposal and would be honored to be selected," Susan Pitcher, a WSI spokeswoman said at the time.

She declined to provide details until a contract had been awarded.