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WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration said Monday it wants to upgrade its contracting structure and policies.
The NNSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, said in a statement that it had "announced that it has released a request for information -- RFI -- on ways to improve its current contracting structure for the nuclear weapons complex, particularly at its production plants."
The NNSA said it had placed the RFI on the Federal Business Opportunities’ Web site, www.fedbizopps.gov. The agency said it was "seeking input and comments from the contracting community and other interested parties."
"Currently, NNSA oversees each of its eight nuclear weapons complex sites through eight different, separate management and operating contracts," the agency said.
The NNSA said it was "evaluating alternatives to this current contracting model and is seeking to identify a contract arrangement -- especially at its Kansas City Plant, Y-12 National Security Complex and Pantex Plant, all of whose contracts expire in 2010 -- that will help to improve performance, reduce cost and stimulate interest and competition within the contracting community."
The agency said that responses to its RFI "could include, but are not limited to, consolidation of management and operating contracts, use of other types of contracts on a single or multiple facility basis, use of function-based contracts (e.g. construction, information technology) applicable to two or more sites, and transfer of work scope from one or more current contracts to other existing or new contracts."
The NNSA said its nuclear weapons complex was currently based at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California; Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico and California; Pantex Plant in Texas; Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee; Kansas City Plant in Missouri; Nevada Test Site in Nevada; and Savannah River Site in South Carolina, which has only tritium operations.