September 14, 2015 | JLH Media
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Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Requests Congressional
Support of Local Small Businesses
Coalition’s Board members request that Congressional Representatives work to ensure Northern New Mexico small businesses are given a fair opportunity to compete for procurement contracts at LANL
September 14, 2015; Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities held their monthly board meeting on Friday, September 11th in Ohkay Owingeh and received updates about ongoing contracting issues at LANL. Jeff Lunsford of the Major Subcontractors Consortium informed Board members about LANL’s use of the Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC), the Department of Energy’s (DOE) centralized procurement system located in Kansas City, Missouri.
The SCMC was created in 2006 by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in an effort to lower the cost of procurement of goods and services at DOE and NNSA facilities nationwide. Since the implementation of the SCMC, the local businesses of DOE communities have experienced a drastic loss of contracts as they lose awards to out-of-state, national firms. The Major Subcontractors Consortium (MSC) is comprised of Northern New Mexico businesses that hold contracts with LANL valued at $5 million or more and has been closely monitoring the changes in contracting trends at LANL. A major concern is that the SCMC’s bidding process is closed and available contracts are not publicized. Rather, the SCMC invites a handful of pre-selected businesses to bid on contracts while local businesses are left unable to submit their proposals.
The MSC has petitioned the NNSA, DOE, and SCMC requesting “a fully open and transparent bid and contracting process that is fair to all potential bidders” and an increased focus on individual site and regional community needs as opposed to focusing solely on the bottom-line. At the conclusion of Lunsford’s presentation to the Coalition, Board members voted unanimously in favor of writing a letter to New Mexican Senators and members of Congress, requesting that they work to ensure that the local businesses of Northern New Mexico are given fair opportunities to compete for procurement contracts at LANL. The letter aligns with the MSC’s requests for a more transparent bidding process and also petitions support efforts to fund the proposed northern New Mexico’s Regional Development Corporation (RDC) pilot project for DOE/NNSA local procurement.
Regional Coalition Board members and representatives from the MSC will be traveling to Washington, DC at the end of September to attend the DOE National Cleanup Workshop and receive updates from the ECA regarding national DOE and NNSA contracting trends.
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ABOUT THE REGIONAL COALITION: The Regional Coalition is comprised of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns. The organization’s focus is environmental remediation, regional economic development and site employment, and adequate funding for LANL. The 2015 Board of Directors includes Chair, Commissioner Barney Trujillo, Rio Arriba County; Vice-Chair, Mayor Javier Gonzales, City of Santa Fe; Secretary/Treasurer, Councilor Kristin Henderson, Los Alamos County; Mayor Alice Lucero, City of Española, Commissioner Henry Roybal, Santa Fe County; Andrew Gonzales, Town of Taos; Commissioner Mark Gallegos, Taos County; Governor Earl Salazar, Ohkay Owingeh; and Governor Raymond Loretto, Pueblo of Jemez; http://regionalcoalition.org.