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NNSA Responds To Concerned Stakeholder Letters Regarding LANL M&O Contract Draft Solicitation

on August 23, 2017 - 3:52pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — An overwhelming number of letters were submitted by local governments and community stakeholders to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concerning the Draft Request For Proposal (RFP) for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Management & Operation (M&O) Contract competition currently underway.

The NNSA released preliminary responses Aug. 11 to community concerns regarding the upcoming RFP. Responses from NNSA conveyed the understanding of the importance of community involvement within the M&O Contract transition and willingness to work collaboratively for the benefit of Northern New Mexico communities and LANL, with the inclusion of a community commitment plan and support for local contractors.

The current Draft RFP for the LANL M&O Contract was released by the NNSA July 12, 2017 and included a basic overview of the contract parameters, with inclusion of details to be presented in the final version sometime in September or October. The NNSA response to stakeholder letters addressed many areas of concern regarding community and small business commitment, regional pricing preference, LANL workforce development, and support for existing contracts and Memorandums Of Understanding (MOU).

Stakeholder letters submitted to the NNSA included, but were not limited to:

  • New Mexico Congressional Delegation;
  • Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council;
  • Regional Coalition of LANL Communities;
  • Los Alamos County;
  • City of Española;
  • Ohkay Owingeh;
  • San Ildefonso Pueblo;
  • LANL Foundation;
  • LANL Major Subcontractor Consortium; and
  • LANL Retiree Group.

The NNSA’s prompt response sent a message directly to potential solicitors and communities that there is high priority and importance of community collaboration and commitment.

“It is a positive signal to the regional community that our voice is being considered at the national level of NNSA decision-making, and [the response] increases the likelihood of our priorities being adopted within the Final RFP and upcoming M&O Contract,” said Regional Coalition Chair, Mayor Javier Gonzales of the City of Santa Fe.

The Regional Coalition anticipates continuing to work collaboratively with the NNSA and the next M&O Prime Contractor to ensure community commitment is paramount and given full evaluation on performance within the parameters of the Final RFP. In the collective interest of the region, the regional communities look forward to partnering in the work of the oncoming prime contractor at LANL to help achieve its management, operations, and community commitment goals.

About the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC):

The Regional Coalition is comprised of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Since its inception in 2011, the RCLC has strongly advocated on behalf of the growth and maintenance of a talented workforce pipeline to ensure LANL operations support regional economic stability and development. The Coalition has set goals and priorities for community commitment to be upheld by the DOE with regards to the next Managing & Operating (M&O) Contract at LANL. As host communities to LANL’s mission, Northern New Mexico endures a number of challenges, including the potential stagnation of our populations and perhaps even lost additional business opportunities due to LANL’s mission. Our collective voice advocates on behalf of the best possible outcomes due to LANL’s activities, particularly those in environmental cleanup, economic development, increased educational opportunities, and advocacy of such.

The 2017 Board of Directors includes Chair, Mayor Javier Gonzales, City of Santa Fe; Vice-Chair, Commissioner Barney Trujillo, Rio Arriba County; Treasurer, Commissioner Henry Roybal, Santa Fe County; Secretary, Councilor Chris Chandler, Los Alamos County; Mayor Alice Lucero, City of Española; Councilor Darien Fernández, Town of Taos; Commissioner Mark Gallegos, Taos County; Representative Ron Lovato, Ohkay Owingeh; and Lt. Governor Ward Yeppa, Pueblo of Jemez.