NNSA to Reopen Bidding on Nuclear Arms Site Management Deal

The U.S. Energy Department's nuclear weapons branch will accept new proposals for a $22.8 billion site management deal after congressional auditors determined the agency did not sufficiently assess expense cuts projected by the agreement's original recipient, the Washington Business Journal reported on Monday.

Consolidated Nuclear Security was set on May 1 to take over management of Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Texas for up to a decade, but the Government Accountability Office found no adequate records for many of the firm's planned cost reductions. Auditors classified other planned cuts as "soft savings" or deemed them to be unsubstantiated.

The final agreement with the National Nuclear Security Administration would the leave open the possibility of folding in management of tritium operations at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

May 14, 2013
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The U.S. Energy Department's nuclear weapons branch will accept new proposals for a $22.8 billion site management deal after congressional auditors determined the agency did not sufficiently assess expense cuts projected by the agreement's original recipient, the Washington Business Journal reported on Monday.

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