The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities & Concerned Stakeholders Comment on Draft Solicitation for Los Alamos National Lab Site Management & Operating Contract Competition (DE-SOL-0011206)
July 26, 2017 – With a compressed, 14-day timeframe, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities took the lead to address regional issues and responded to changes it would like implemented within the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Final Request For Proposal (RFP) for the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) Managing & Operating (M&O) Contract competition. The language in the NNSA’s Draft RFP was cause for alarm on many levels for such an important and critical contract in executing national security efforts at LANL. The Coalition sought to engage several concerned stakeholder groups and contractors to ensure the various perspectives and interests of communities surrounding LANL were accounted for in the Final RFP.
The following comments made by the Regional Coalition focus on the sections most critical to improving the LANL M&O Draft RFP:
- The next Prime Contractor should be an explicit partner in community engagement, leadership, and corporate citizenship.
- An expanded, scored, and evaluated Community Commitment Plan should be enforced through the lifetime of the contracting tenure of the next Prime Contractor.
- The RFP should readily identify the requirement for the contractor to continue to support all existing contracts, agreements, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), and other similar instruments between the Current Contractor and other state or local governmental entities.
- Small business participation and scoring should include a Small Business Subcontracting Plan, complete with local subcontracting goals with a 5% (or greater) preference for contractors that are located in Northern New Mexico.
- The next M&O Prime Contractor should identify a plan for attracting and retaining world-class talent and next-generation workforce through this RFP.
- A 1% performance fee threshold is too low to incentivize performance standards at the levels required for operating Los Alamos National Laboratory, a complex with unprecedented operational technicality and throughput.
- The payment of New Mexico gross receipts tax helps provide critical infrastructure and services that support Los Alamos National Lab, its workforce and the state as a whole.
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