Employees Survive SOC Transition

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LANL's protective force remains intact following contract reduction

By Carol A. Clark

Security employees tasked with protecting Los Alamos National Laboratory can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that the transition period for its new contract is settled.
Despite the contract’s shorter term, scaled back scope of work and lower dollar amount, SOC has announced that it will not layoff any employees.
“We went through a transition period the last few weeks of 2010, based on a transition plan approved by LANS (Los Alamos National Security), and it was much less painful than we had anticipated it would be,” said SOC General Manager Ken Freeman. “No one was separated from the company involuntarily.”
SOC has averaged 500-550 employees over the last five or six years, Freeman said, adding that just a “handful” of employees took advantage of a voluntary separation offer in which SOC provided severance packages, which was included in the transition process.
Freeman said that while the $251 million contract is a lower dollar amount, about $12 million, that number is deceiving in that the new contract’s structure is different.
“It’s like comparing apples and oranges – this contract has a shorter term of three to five years as opposed to five to 10 years and has a smaller scope of work,” he said. “Another example is that in the new contract, there is a mechanism in which the lab can request additional work, which is not included in the baseline contract.”
SOC has provided protective force services for LANL for more than a decade. The company was previously known as Protection Technology Los Alamos (PTLA).
Freeman has been general manager for nearly seven years.
“SOC is certainly proud to work with the lab and LANS again to provide protective force services,” he said. “We particularly enjoy working with LANS and we feel that together we make a great team for the government.”
The competitive process for selecting a protective force provider for LANL began more than 18 months ago. It included a formal evaluation of several companies that had responded to a request for proposals. One of the biggest contenders was Wackenhut Services Inc.
SOC is located at LANL’s Technical Area 64, Building 1, on Pajarito Road. Its parent company, Day & Zimmermann, provides armed and unarmed security guard forces for the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense at several government-owned and contractor operated installations throughout the world.
Day & Zimmermann announced in January 2008 that several of its government-services businesses had combined to form SOC, which is headquartered in Minden, Nev.