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  • Anti-nuke group fights "Manhattan Project" National Park plan ... because it "Glorifies Bombs," Seattle Weekly, July 19, 2011
    weapons of mass destruction we mustn t debase the National Park idea we have to get our head out of the sand and face the future instead of the past he tells Seattle Weekly today Having National Parks at these sites dishonors the consciousness of people involved in these nuclear weapons research projects who once the deed was done felt incredible remorse Mello is talking about a new report of U S Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar that recommends the creation of three new national parks at Los Alamos N M Oak Ridge Tenn and the Hanford site in Washington as a way of commemorating the Manhattan Project which developed the first atomic bomb Salazar in announcing his recommendation played up the history of the Manhattan Project as a transformative event writing The secret development of the atomic bomb in multiple locations across the United States is an important story and one of the most transformative events in our nation s history The Manhattan Project ushered in the atomic age changed the role of the United States in the world community and set the stage for the Cold War Supporters of the project argue that the history of nuclear weapons

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  • Anti-nuke groups to fight Manhattan Project parks, Associated Press, July 18, 2011
    N M said he is drafting legislation to create sites at Los Alamos Hanford Wash and Oak Ridge Tenn The secret development of the atomic bomb in multiple locations across the United States is an important story and one of the most transformative events in our nation s history Salazar said in a release announcing the project The Manhattan Project ushered in the atomic age changed the role of the United States in the world community and set the stage for the Cold War Anti nuclear activists were appalled Are we really poised to make a national park out of a few shabby ruins where we built instruments of mass murder delivered to statesmen the instruments of universal destruction and destroyed the marriage between science and human values Mello wrote in an email to board members and others Absolutely disgusting responded Darwin Bond Graham in an email From a fiscally conservative perspective which everyone claims these days surely in this time of belt tightening the Feds shouldn t waste one cent on crap like this If the nuclear weaponeers want to do it with all private money well good for them and their sickened and misguided souls But not one

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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    Site where the first plutonium weapon nicknamed Fat Man was assembled was a dilapidated shack Fat Man exploded at Trinity Site in Southern New Mexico weeks before the bombing of Hiroshima Kelly helped preserve V Site building which not only typified the work of historical conservation in these locations but also started the process that led to the threshold of a new national park After studying the historic significance and cultural suitability of creating a national park based on the Manhattan Project the Park Service first recommended locating it exclusively in Los Alamos Other major sites in Oak Ridge Tenn and Hanford Wash were studied but not considered feasible at first because of the large distances between them But by the time legislation was proposed in 2012 all three sites were equally involved strengthening the coalition s political clout We are staying on top of it said Heather McClanahan executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society who represents Los Alamos County on the project We have a lot of allies and we re hopeful this will pass not just in this Congress but this year She said there were some concerns about the fate of the park when former U S Sen Jeff Bingaman retired The loss of Bingaman has been partly made up by U S Sen Ron Wyden D Ore chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Wyden s father the historian Peter Wyden wrote a book Day One Before Hiroshima and After about the bomb project and its consequences which has given Sen Wyden a special interest in the project Last year the bill to start work on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park won a majority of House votes 237 180 but it failed to obtain an additional 50 votes needed under an

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  • Industry Execs say Fee not the Problem on M&O Contracts, NSDM, 21 Feb 2014
    on issues we can t deal with we need other options Held said We need to create an incentive structure that actually motivates the people who do that I don t think that s a big fee CB I Federal Services President Bob Cochran said the fees aren t necessarily the problem but the fee architecture is The fee architecture has turned into this three dimensional game Cochran said And what you end up doing is you have measurements on measurements on measurements that yield nothing in the way of real value They just simply yield measurements Cochran suggested narrowing the measures on which contractors are evaluated to a few meaningful criteria That could be used in order to determine the effectiveness of the management of the laboratory the science delivered and the support the stewardship and other aspects that the lab and the production enterprise provide to the country he said Newport News Nuclear Vice President for Energy Programs Peter Diakun suggested that there also might need to be more fine tuning between objective and subjective measurements for fee He said there s a propensity for more subjectivity toward the fee and its earnings which really clouds the issue between real performance and then political performance Our Customers are Not Happy John Howanitz Bechtel s General Manager for Nuclear Security Allied Governments said Bechtel is still digesting the Department s push toward a public interest contracting model It s very obvious that our customers are not happy and they ve expressed that to the Board of Governors on numerous occasions and in other formats Howanitz said Bechtel is the lead contractor for LLCs that run Los Alamos and Livermore which are capable of earning two of the highest fees in the weapons complex For Fiscal Year 2013 that meant

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  • Lab received NNSA waiver, LA Monitor, 12 Jan 2013
    recognition of LANS acceptance of full responsibility and accountability for problems that have arisen under the Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrades Phase II Project and for moving aggressively to correct the issues In order to facilitate the FDO s wishes I hereby provide a one time waiver to the restrictions of clause H 13 so that the clause remains operable and the award term remains available for the FDO to grant for the FY 12 performance evaluation notwithstanding LANS is being awarded 31 624 479 or 68 percent of overall at risk fee NNSA spokesperson Josh McConaha said we ll let the text of the document stand as explanation The NMSSUP project was intended as an upgrade to the existing fences cameras sensors and other detection and denial systems around facilities at TA 55 which houses the Plutonium Facility The project was suspended on Oct 23 Originally the system was targeted to cost 213 million but cost overruns increased the project to 254 million according to a memo written by McMillan to employees on Dec 21 That total was later revised down to 240 million after LANS agreed to make a 10 million payment to the government in non reimbursable non taxpayer funds to settle project costs In the performance evaluation the fee determining official also had withheld an additional 2 600 000 Management Fee Adjustment reduction beyond the base recommendations from former Los Alamos Site Office manager Kevin Smith In McMillan s memo to employees on Dec 21 the lab director wrote this The award term this year is significant In its letter NNSA cited LANS full responsibility and accountability and aggressive actions to correct issues facing the Nuclear Materials Safety and Security Upgrade Project NMSSUP as among the reasons for the award term decision McMillan said in

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  • Watchdogs react to 'waiver,' LA Monitor, 17 Jan 2013
    millions without enforcing performance accountability Nuke Watch is going back to Congress to demand that it require measurable performance benchmarks before enriching the nuclear weapons contractors In these tough economic times Americans should expect nothing less Los Alamos National Security met two of the three criteria but earned less than 80 percent overall at risk fees in its performance evaluation The NMSSUP project was intended as an upgrade to the existing fences cameras sensors and other detection and denial systems around facilities at TA 55 which houses the Plutonium Facility The project was suspended Oct 23 Originally the system was targeted to cost 213 million but cost overruns increased the project to 254 million according to a memo written by McMillan to employees on Dec 21 That total was later revised down to 240 million after LANS agreed to make a 10 million payment to the government in non reimbursable non taxpayer funds to settle project costs In a letter from NNSA Miller has nevertheless expressed a desire to award LANS the award in recognition of LANS acceptance of full responsibility and accountability for problems that have arisen under the Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrades Phase II Project and for moving aggressively to correct the issues Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Groups made the following points The fact that the contract provision was overridden by Miller is itself evidence that LANS is not being asked to accept full responsibility 10 million is very far from full responsibility and accountability for a problem whose estimated cost was 41 million How can LANS accept full responsibility and accountability for something the cost of which is not yet known Which LANS managers have been disciplined for this significant error and how In the PER NNSA ties the NMSSUP issue to

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  • UC & LANS PEPs and PERs
    The PEPs are bilaterally negotiated between the National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA and LANS All documents are in pdf FY 2007 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION REPORT performance period Oct 1 2006 Sept 30 2007 also includes the 2007 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION PLAN pg 124 963KB FY 2008 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION PLAN performance period Oct 1 2007 Sept 30 2008 575KB FY 2008 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION REPORT 293KB FY 2009 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION PLAN performance period Oct

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  • FY 2012 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, PER Summary
    the NNSA portion of SRNS work For the full SRNS evaluation contact the Savannah River Site Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC the management and operating contractor for the Savannah River Site earned an Excellent rating in Program a Very Good in Operations and Institutional Management and Business and 69 percent of the possible incentive fee from the National Nuclear Security Administration for its fiscal year 2012 performance For Defense Nuclear

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