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  • Nuclear Weapons Complex PEPs & PERs
    2013 PEP FY 2012 PER FY 2012 PEP FY 2011 PER Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC FY 2015 PEP FY 2014 PER FY 2014 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2014 PEP FY 2013 PER FY 2013 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2013 PEP FY 2012 PER FY 2012 PEP FY 2011 PER Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL Los Alamos National Security LLC LANS Performance Fee FY 2015 Dec 11 2015 Contracting Officer s Notice of Reduction of LANS Fixed Incentive Fee FY 2015 Dec 11 2015 FY 2015 PEP FY 2014 PER FY 2014 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2014 fee reduction notice FY 2014 PEP FY 2013 PER FY 2013 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2013 PEP FY 2012 PER Lab received NNSA waiver Los Alamos Monitor Jan 12 2013 One time NNSA waiver from contract requirements allowing extra year of contract Dec 7 2012 Watchdogs react to waiver Los Alamos Monitor Jan 17 2013 FY 2012 PEP FY 2011 PER past LANL PERs PEPs Nevada Site Office National Security Technologies LLC FY 2015 PEP FY 2014 PER FY 2014 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2014 PEP FY 2013 PER FY 2013 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2013 PEP FY 2012 PER FY 2012 PEP FY2011 PER Pantex Babcock Wilcox B W Pantex FY 2015 PEP FY 2014 PER FY 2014 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2014 PEP FY 2013 PER FY 2013 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2013 PEP FY 2012 PER FY 2012 PEP FY 2011 PER redacted Sandia National Laboratory SNL FY 2015 PEP FY 2014 PER FY 2014 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2014 PEP FY 2013 PER FY 2013 fee determination letter from NNSA FY 2013 PEP FY 2012 PER FY

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  • NNSA current planning & budgeting documents & related articles
    May 2010 FY2011 Biennial Plan and Budget Assessment on the Modernization and Refurbishment of the Nuclear Security Complex Annex D May 2010 FY2011 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan Summary May 2010 Update to the National Defense Authorization Act of FY2010 Section 1251 Report New START Treaty Framework and Nuclear Force Structure Plans Nov 2010 Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy concerning Modernization of the U S Nuclear Infrastructure May 3 2010 Obtained by the Union of Concerned Scientists Los Alamos Study Group s Freedom of Information Act request Jul 30 2010 never fulfilled NNSA DOE FY 2010 2014 Supplement to the Stockpile Stewardship Plan Dec 2009 RELATED ARTICLES Stockpile Stewardship and Management 3 2 Strategy Donald Cook AAAS conference Sep 12 2014 Chuck Hagel s nuclear exemption Los Angeles Times Feb 26 2014 The Threat to America s Nukes Politico Magazine Feb 25 2014 Office of Management and Budget OMB scoring of NNSA s FY 2013 budget Jul 12 2013 posted Jan 15 2014 Projected Costs of U S Nuclear Forces 2014 to 2023 Congressional Budget Office Dec 19 2013 U S nuclear weapon plans to cost 355 billion over a decade CBO report Reuters Dec 20 2013 GAO questions NNSA long term modernization cost estimates Nuclear Weapons Materials Monitor Dec 13 2013 GAO Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise NNSA s Budget Estimates Do Not Fully Align with Plans Dec 2013 Study Group letter to Congress re DOE Reprogramming Request of 9 13 12 concerning NNSA plutonium sustainment Sep 28 2012 Letter from Senator Carl Levin Chairman SASC to Joanne Choi DOE re reprogramming request Sep 19 2012 Letter from Joanne Choi DOE to Senator Carl Levin Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee re reprogramming request for use of the unspent funds from the

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  • FY2016 NNSA Legislation
    2016 Budget rollout slides by Sec Moniz DOE Budget in Brief Laboratory tables State tables Vol 1 NNSA Weapons Activities National Defense Authorization Act FY 2016 House Senate National Defense Authorization Act HR 1735 Bill Report Backgrounder National Defense Authorization Act S 7075 Bill Report Energy and Water Appropriations Bill HOUSE SENATE Bill HR 2028 Report Summary Bill Report Summary Consolidated Appropriations Act FY 2016 FY 2015 NNSA Legislation FY

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  • Investigative Series "IRRADIATED", Dec 2015
    studies The main reasons why so many studies found increased cancer risks by late 1999 were 1 DOE s monopoly over radiation health effects research was ended in 1989 when DOE agreed to transfer funds to CDC NIOSH for extramural studies not under DOE s control and 2 the fact that I had the authority at the time to summon up studies that had been suppressed within DOE EEOICPA also made endangerment of workers without their knowledge or adequate monitoring a compensable act What the EEOICPA process revealed were significant weaknesses in the science of dose reconstruction Dose reconstruction proved to be infeasible up to the mid 1980 s at several of the major sites Hanford NTS SRP Mallinckrodt AWE s in the UK LANL Y 12 K 25 Paducah Portsmouth etc Workers were simply not monitored for known contaminants especially uranium and its decay products and neutrons There proved to be not much scientific rigor by the health physics programs at these sites Despite feds claims of safety workers still exposed to radiation Tribune News Service Dec 30 2015 Many nuclear workers can t get financial help despite deadly illnesses Tribune News Service Dec 29 2015 Nuclear workers Projects results were worth illnesses deaths Tribune News Service Dec 28 2015 New nuclear weapons and an attack on worker benefits McClatchy Washington Bureau Dec 27 2015 Congressional investigation sought of nuclear workers compensation program McClatchyDC Dec 22 2015 Kansas City s nuclear legacy trails weapon makers and their families McClatchyDC Kansas City Star Dec 12 2015 Sparring for nuclear weapons workers takes South Carolina lawyer down little used path McClatchyDC Dec 11 2015 For many workers the nuke plant is the only game in town McClatchyDC Dec 11 2015 America s modernized nuclear arms roil diplomatic waters McClatchyDC Dec 11

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  • You Too Can Have a Future in Nuclear Destruction Kids, don't know what career to pursue?, FPIF blog, 10 Feb 2016
    as having little to actually do and with no future Of course for the rest of us that s a plus because it means they are not lighting off their ICBMs the intercontinental ballistic missiles housed in the silos Presumably in part to combat that in August of last year the Air Force Global Strike Command which presides over nuclear weapons inaugurated the School for Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies SANDS at Kirtland Air Force Base New Mexico Its press release at the time reads It will consist of AFGSC officers civilians and joint officers who seek to become masters of the nuclear enterprise all learning and working from the same capstone education The curriculum stands as a consolidation of all things assurance and deterrence Master of the nuclear enterprise Sure to be met with quizzical stares by friends and family wondering what you have been studying As part of the program said Dr Adam Lowther SANDS director They will also be expected to complete a Great Books in Deterrence reading program and complete several professional courses from Defense Threat Reduction University the Air Force Nuclear Weapons College and Sandia National Labs Great Books in Deterrence is obviously intended to be a nod to the Great Books Program originally offered by Columbia University in the early part of the 20th century and later by the University of Chicago But it was intended to give students a comprehensive grounding in civilization not the destruction of civilization Meanwhile a SANDS press release courtesy of Greg Mello executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group from last week describes a panel discussion by invitation only on why the United States has a nuclear arsenal and how it contributes to the nation s security Dr Lowther again When it the panel discussion is over attendees

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  • LANL poised to ramp up plutonium pit production, report says, SFNM, 15 Jan 2016
    partly for safety reasons some lawmakers back the idea I strongly support efforts to strategically reduce our nuclear arsenal through international disarmament agreements U S Sen Tom Udall D N M said in an email But as we do so it s prudent to ensure the safety and security of the remaining weapons by ensuring the plutonium pits are viable Udall said the lab is the only place in the nation where this work can be done and that he will continue to support LANL s national security mission Nuclear weapons watchdog Jay Coghlan said the lab is on a dangerous and costly path He noted the ongoing shutdown of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad the only repository for the residual nuclear waste that undoubtedly will result from pit production work The underground waste repository closed in 2014 after a container of radioactive LANL waste leaked in the facility That leak along with other problems caused the Department of Energy to announce in December that it would not extend the lab s existing management contract held by a consortium including the University of California and Bechtel The lab became the nation s only pit production facility after the Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado which produced thousands of pits during the Cold War closed in 1989 The lab produced about 30 pits between 2007 and 2013 before operations were halted because inspections suggested the building s infrastructure wouldn t withstand an earthquake Plutonium pits are are hollow extremely lightweight and sensitive shells that create the innermost element of an explosive and act as a trigger for a nuclear reaction In March a directive from the National Nuclear Security Administration sought war reserve quality production for 30 plutonium pits annually in the next 10 years and up to 80 pits

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  • LANL reports more safety lapses at waste sites, SFNM, 24 Dec 2015
    on They knew there was classified material that was in jeopardy Two of the men Walp and Doran investigated pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud in a scheme to steal thousands of dollars worth of lab merchandise Once it was found that everything we had said was true and then some and the lab knew they were facing a wrongful termination lawsuit they offered us jobs Doran said Doran s impression of UC administrators at the time It was an incestuous place he said noting top level brass caught doing something wrong were simply shipped off to work elsewhere for the contractor Hecker meanwhile told the Senate committee that additional security measures put in place were not well thought out and could have disastrous long term consequences In addition Hecker said DOE oversight has evolved over the years to become so intrusive and counterproductive that it has diminished our scientific quality and productivity Turmoil rocks the lab In 2004 as the Department of Energy was looking for a new contractor to run LANL then Director Pete Nanos shut down the lab for seven months Nanos cited safety and security violations including two classified discs that went missing and an intern injured by a laser Staff were ordered to tell anyone who called about lab programs including vendors that they weren t at liberty to talk due to the shutdown Roberts and other employees thought the action extreme and unnecessary Two scientists were fired over the missing discs which it later turned out didn t exist at all Roberts launched a blog called LANL The Real Story in December 2004 which soon drew national attention and an outpouring from other angry lab scientists and employees pointing out problems at the lab Roberts said recently that the lab back then cared little for non nuclear research Scientists pursuing other work including supercomputing sought out their own funding but had to fight lab management or go around them to do so Only in the last decade as the nuclear weapons design mission of LANL waned has the lab management fully embraced the other science going on at the lab he said A senior Energy Department official blamed university failures our failures and cultural failures as the three root causes of problems at the lab A U S House report in 2004 recognized the lab s changing nuclear mission and tension with the National Nuclear Security Administration a division set up within the Department of Energy to oversee the nation s nuclear weapons and nonproliferation programs In the absence of a Cold War between nuclear armed superpowers the importance of nuclear weapons to the war fighters in the Pentagon has steadily diminished the committee said While nuclear labs like LANL needed to keep nuclear weapons design central to their mission to justify their ever larger budgets the committee s priorities were on securing and maintaining the existing nuclear stockpile The Department s obsession with launching a new round of nuclear weapons development runs counter to those priorities the committee s report said Meanwhile as the lab contract went up for bid Hecker and others advocated for bringing private industry in to help manage operations The stage was set for turning nuclear weapons programs over to private interests A new plus old contractor People familiar with problems at the lab were shocked when the University of California was once again a prime beneficiary of the new contract along with Bechtel Corp I was surprised they would even allow UC to bid on the contract after all of the failures said Walp who published a book in 2010 called Implosion at Los Alamos How Crime Corruption and Cover Ups Jeopardize America s Nuclear Weapons Secrets They commit violations and they get their hand slapped Walp said When they are fined it doesn t come from them it comes from the American taxpayer Others say it was really no surprise that UC ended up with the contract as the university s involvement was backed by powerhouse Bechtel and then Sen Pete Domenici New Mexico s powerful senior U S senator who chaired the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at the time A former head of Bechtel Corp Riley Bechtel was an adviser to the UC chancellor and another executive sat on the UC Board of Regents The new performance based contract offered the winner a chance to earn up to 79 million a year in incentive fees for avoiding the kinds of safety and management lapses that plagued UC It also allowed the consortium to win additional contract years unilaterally by meeting performance objectives Poor performance would mean less money This means somebody is really in charge of management Domenici said at the time I can t imagine that we ll have business as usual if we re talking about safety problems security problems Putting the lab in the hands of a for profit consortium as opposed to the nonprofit university also meant an additional 50 million in gross receipt taxes for the state according to lab officials at the time Author and investigative reporter Sally Denton lays out how UC partnered with Bechtel to get the contract in her new book The Profiteers Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World Simon and Schuster 2016 By 2007 the Department of Energy was already highly privatized with the agency using 94 percent of its budget to pay private contractors Bechtel was one of the top beneficiaries Denton writes Others had foreboding Placing nuclear weapons design and maintenance in the hands of private business takes the outsourcing of government services to a new extreme one nuclear expert told Denton Since the underlying management structure didn t really change when Bechtel came on board neither did the problems say former lab employees and some familiar with the current contract Chuck Montaño who worked for 32 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an investigator said he views the University of California as the root of the ongoing

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  • Chronology of major incidents marking Los Alamos National Laboratory’s management history, SFNM, 2 Jan 2016
    veteran 20 year Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee is fired and then arrested months later on 59 charges that he illegally copied classified nuclear weapons files He is suspected of sharing the documents with China but is never charged with espionage Lee s supporters say he was unfairly singled out because he is ethnic Chinese The government later drops all but one charge against him More than two dozen other security violations are reported by the lab after Lee is fired The lab stops publicly reporting computer security violations March 2000 The National Nuclear Security Administration a branch of the Department of Energy is opened to oversee maintenance of nuclear weapons stockpile and nuclear nonproliferation programs May 2000 The Cerro Grande Fire burns close to lab property prompting state officials to push the lab to get thousands of containers of legacy hazardous waste off the Hill June 2000 Six top lab managers are placed on paid leave after two computer hard drives with classified nuclear information are reported missing One of those placed on leave is Stephen Younger who investigated Wen Ho Lee The hard drives are later found stashed behind a copy machine Lab managers are chastised by Congress for taking three weeks to tell the Department of Energy about the missing discs Bill Richardson is secretary of the department Jan 1 2001 The LANL management contract is revised in response to the computer security problems Richardson on his last day as energy secretary under President Bill Clinton s outgoing administration says the University of California should retain the contract until 2005 One critic calls it rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic The revised contract gives the Department of Energy the authority to remove any lab employee from work funded by the agency President George W Bush appoints Spencer Abraham as his energy secretary Richardson becomes governor of New Mexico August 2002 LANL hires Kellogg Brown and Root a subsidiary of Vice President Dick Cheney s former company Halliburton under a 145 million five year lab maintenance contract to handle waste removal facility repairs utility operations and custodial services November 2002 The Department of Energy s Office of Inspector General investigates allegations by a whistleblower that lab management turned a blind eye to 3 million in lab equipment that went missing from 1999 to 2001 The inspector general also investigates allegations of purchase card fraud March 2003 U S Sen Pete Domenici and Gov Richardson continue to publicly support the University of California as the lab s manager Richardson says the university has taken unprecedented dramatic action to change the culture of the lab He urges against severing the lab s ties to the university Former lab director Hecker tells a congressional committee that the lab s system of governance is broken largely because there is no trust between the University of California and the feds Browne resigns and Pete Nanos is hired as interim director He tells reporters he intends to drain the swamp April 2003

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