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Losing Bidder Again Challenges Nuclear Arms Site Management Decision

A losing bidder for a contract to oversee two key U.S. nuclear-weapons sites has again appealed a decision to award the deal to another operator, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported late last week.

The Government Accountability Office said it received a formal grievance on Wednesday from Nuclear Production Partners, a group headed by the contractor Babcock & Wilcox. The development came nearly three weeks after the Obama administration said it had selected another group to run the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Texas.

The Y-12 complex houses highly enriched uranium for nuclear warheads, and Pantex is used for warhead assembly and disassembly.

GAO officials are slated to reach a decision by Feb. 28 on the latest challenge, the third push by Nuclear Production Partners to dispute the management award.

The estimated $22 billion contract is presently expected to go to Consolidated Nuclear Security, a group formed by contractors Bechtel National, Lockheed Martin, ATK Launch Systems and SOC.

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