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The University of Professional and Technical Employees was pleased with how the contract seems to give non-profit organizations a change to successfully bid.
Scientist union weighs in on contract

A union of technicians and scientists that has a chapter at the Los Alamos National Laboratory recently commented on the National Nuclear Security Administration’s recent request for proposals for the laboratory’s contract.

Jeff Colvin, executive vice president of the University Professional and Technical Employees, was pleased with how the contract seems to give non-profit organizations a chance to successfully bid.

“UPTE believes that the present for-profit contract is the root cause of many problems besetting LANL, so that the draft RFP fee structure represents a big step in the right direction,” Colvin said.

Of particular interest to the union is the contract’s performance fee, which in the proposal, has been cut from 3 percent to 1 percent.

“UPTE first commends the NNSA for eliminating the Performance-Based Incentive (PBI) management bonus and re-structuring the new management and operations contract to be largely a fixed fee contract, with the fee capped at 1 percent,” Colvin said. “With the 0.5 percent award fee, applying only to DOE’s (Department of Energy’s) portion of the lab budget, it means that overall, this is a management fee structure that levels the playing field between for-profit and non-profit contractor bids.”

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