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Three Senate Democrats Want DOE to Hold Off on Hanford Contract
Three Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee say the U.S. Energy Department should tap the brakes on issuing a multibillion-dollar contract at the Hanford Site in Washington state, to a vendor being sued by the United States under the False Claims Act. While the lawmakers' Sept. 27 letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry is short on details, they suggest Hanford site-wide support services provider Mission Support Alliance (MSA) is on the verge of securing a new contract. The lead partner in that vendor, Leidos, said this week Mission Support Alliance as an entity is not pursuing the follow-on award. But it acknowledged that it has joined with its partner in…
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NNSA Formalizes Decision to Continue UPF Construction Amid Court-Ordered Redo of Environmental Paperwork
The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on Friday formalized its decision to continue building the Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., even as the agency complies with a federal court order to conduct an additional environmental review of…
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Extensions Inked for Hanford Tanks, Plateau Cleanup as Final Awards Await
The U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 27 officially issued up to one-year contract extensions for waste tank and Central Plateau cleanup at the Hanford Site in Washington state, as federal procurement officials work on long-term awards for those and…
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Perry Preparing to Resign as Energy Secretary: Reports
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry plans to resign in a matter of weeks, after nearly three years as the Trump administration’s top manager for a range of civilian nuclear operations, Politico reported Thursday. Three informed sources said Perry would make…
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NNSA No. 2 Discusses Agency's ‘Staggering’ Hiring Goals
The No. 2 official at the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week briefed members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board on the “staggering goal” of swelling the nuclear-weapon steward’s workforce by about 20,000 heads over the next…
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