Observers are wondering whether long time lab employees will leave and whether the problems over the past few years – including fraud, mismanagement, accounting problems and security breaches – have any chance of improving. The University of California has run the lab since it opened in 1943 with the mission of creating an atomic bomb.
This year marks the first time the government has requested proposals for managing the lab. Los Alamos National Security LLC, a partnership uniting the university and Bechtel Corp., beat out Lockheed Martin for the contract.
The corporation will earn up to $80 million to run the lab for the next seven years, with the possibility of renewing the contract for another 13 years. Lockheed Martin can protest the decision but has not done so yet.
The lab is charged with protecting the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile and is also an incubator for scientific and technological achievements.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
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