WSI seeks lab security contract

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Wackenhut Services Inc. already is the largest federal security contractor in the U.S.

By Garrison Wells

One of the world’s biggest security firms has entered into the race for the highly sought after contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Wackenhut Services Inc. confirmed it has responded to the lab’s request for proposals.

“We submitted a proposal and would be honored to be selected,” said Susan Pitcher, WSI spokeswoman.

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

“Since the procurement is currently being decided, and because of this sensitivity, we do not want to put out any information to promote our company or that would be perceived as promoting our company until the decision has been made,” Pitcher said. “Therefore, all I can tell you now is our standard line, that WSI is the United States government’s largest contractor for professional security services, with 12,000-plus employees protecting key sites in the U.S. and abroad.”

Security presently is provided by SOC Los Alamos, an arm of SOC LLC. SOC did not return telephone calls.

 “The current protective force contract is up for bid because it has reached its term,” said Kevin Roark, LANL spokesman.

The initial contract, he added, was for five years. It was extended three times because SOC “met certain performance measures.”

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