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December 2011

groupA part of NNSA’s Small Business Week, today’s profile highlights Vector Resources, Inc. (VRI), a woman-owned small business, which provides NNSA with project management, engineering, quality and safety services, performance assurance, and business process improvement across the full spectrum of DOE mission areas including energy, defense programs, science, security, and environmental management.

Vector has extensive experience in the assessment of nuclear projects for quality, regulatory and safety compliance, and cost and schedule performance. Vector has worked closely with NNSA and its sites in addressing the technical and management aspects of several nuclear weapon and environmental related projects as well as the stockpile stewardship and defense science programs and campaigns. Vector has also performed work involving enterprise management and integration; project and construction management; portfolio analysis; programming, planning, budgeting, and evaluation (PPBE) process; governance transformation; line oversight; contractor assurance systems; and performance measurement systems. In addition to NNSA, VRI has supported various other DOE offices and programs including Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, Environmental Management, and Management and Administration at Headquarters and field locations.

“We are proud of our contributions to NNSA mission success including performance assurance, workforce development, science and technology advancement, improvement in quality assurance and nuclear safety, improvement in program and project management, resource optimization and cost savings, and facilitation of enterprise performance,” said, Stephanie Weisband, President/CEO of Vector Resources, Inc.

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NNSA announced Monday that it distributed more than $362 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2011. NNSA surpassed its departmental small business goal by 27 percent in fiscal year 2011.

To highlight the success of its small business program, NNSA has launched the third annual “NNSA Small Business Week.” This week, NNSA is featuring a different small business of the day on the NNSA Blog. box

Today’s profile highlights Container Technologies Industries, LLC (CTI), a Small business located in Helenwood, Tenn. Since December 1999, CTI has provided the nuclear industry with many types of products, including containers for the storage, transport, and disposal nuclear waste.

CTI has supplied Y-12 with shipping containers for the past three years and have supplied Y-12 in excess of 1670 containers with no rejections for quality issues.

“B&W Y-12 treats small business as an important partner. CTI is fortunate to have a long standing relationship with Y-12,” said Steve Fielden, president and chief operating officer of CTI.

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Dave YoungDavid Young, NNSA’s Deputy Exercise Program Manager in the Office of Emergency Response today received the 2011 Linton F. Brooks Medal for Dedication to Public Service.

As a leader of the Nuclear Incident Team at NNSA, Young successfully coordinated the activities of deployed NNSA response teams during 125 Preventative Radiological/Nuclear Detection missions including 48 real-world responses to international, federal, state and local requests for assistance. He is specifically acknowledged for providing exemplary leadership and technical acumen during the response to the emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants.

As part of the Operations and Exercise Program, Young was a key member of the planning teams responsible for the successful planning, execution, and evaluation of the DOE/NNSA-led national level exercises Diablo Bravo 2008 and Empire 2009, in addition to the numerous recurring interagency national level exercises, such as Marble Challenges, Nuclear Weapons Accident-Incident Exercises, and the DHS-coordinated National Level Exercises.

The award recognizes newer employees whose actions and deeds exemplify the spirit of public service commitment. Nominees for the Linton Brooks Medal for Public Service must be NNSA employees, with fewer than five years of civilian federal service and fewer than five years of professional experience, whose work achievements demonstrate an exceptional commitment to public service excellence.

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NNSA distributed more than $362 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2011 and surpassed its departmental small business goal by 27 percent.

To highlight the success of its small business program, NNSA has launched the third annual “NNSA Small Business Week.” This week, NNSA is featuring a different small business of the day on the NNSA Blog.

Today’s profile highlights Contractor Name: Meyer Tool and Manufacturing, Inc., specialists in cryogenic, vacuum and pressure technologies. Meyer Tool provides a suite of services including engineering, process development and vertically integrated manufacturing.  Meyer Tool’s components are installed in the world’s most powerful laser, the two most powerful particle accelerators, most powerful neutron source, at the South Pole, in advanced photon sources, in solar cell production lines, semiconductor production lines and other harsh and demanding environments.

Since 1998 Meyer Tool has been a key supplier to the NNSA’s National Ignition Facility (NIF). The majority of the contracts have been for large stainless steel or aluminum vacuum vessels requiring extensive post weld machining to tight tolerances and precision cleanliness levels appropriate to components for the world’s most powerful laser.

“Everyone at Meyer Tool is extremely proud to have contributed to the success of the National Ignition Facility and the important scientific and national stockpile stewardship programs being performed by the completed machine,” said Ed Bonnema, vice president of operations of Meyer Tool. “For more than a decade Meyer Tool has maintained a collaborative relationship with the engineering and procurement staff at NIF. Meeting the challenges of fabricating the unique and difficult components for the NIF program expanded our capabilities and required us to develop new processes. We have been able to utilize these experiences as part of our objective to achieve the Lowest Total Cost of Ownership for all our customers.”

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A pair of Pantexans hit the road today in an effort to help stamp out hunger in the Texas Panhandle.

Byron Logan and Randy Stokes, officers in Pantex’s Safeguards & Security Division at Pantex, ran 30 miles today from Pantex to the High Plains Food Bank’s food drive, which is being hosted at Market Street United, in an effort to gather donations for families in need during this holiday season. The two gathered donations at Pantex and picked up items along the route in the hopes of filling a Bearcat armored vehicle with food items.

Stokes and Logan were joined for portions of the route by fellow Pantexans during the run. They collected donations along the route. They were followed by a Bearcat, which is an armored vehicle used by Security Police Officers at Pantex.

Pantexans donated approximately 1,500 pounds of food and $500.


Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base intend to save an estimated $7 million in electricity as part of a recently entered wholesale electricity contract for calendar years 2014 to 2016. This also adds up to $17 million when compared to the commercial retail rate.

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Western Area Power Administration, with support from the NNSA’s Office of Sustainability and Utilities, entered into

the contract per an agreement between NNSA and Western, in which Western secures contracts for Sandia/KAFB electric supplies and Sandia/KAFB provides Western with the requisite funds to pay for the electric supply services provided.

Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, said the contract is another example of NNSA’s commitment to identifying ways to improve the efficiency of NNSA’s operations to save money for American taxpayers. “We are continually seeking ways to improve the way we do business while maintaining the highest security and safety standards,” he said.

The 2014-2016 contract covers 83 percent of Sandia/KAFB’s projected electricity needs (in lieu of 100 percent) to allow for potential energy reductions in the out years and/or potential renewable energy purchases.

The annual electric power demand at Sandia/KAFB is about 65 MW and includes approximately 60 tenant organizations located on the Base. Presently, NNSA’s needs are roughly 60 percent of the combined Sandia/KAFB electric power usage.

In 2014, NNSA plans to issue another request for proposal (RFP) through Western to purchase future power for Sandia/KAFB for the years 2017 and beyond. These purchases are expected to continue to provide Sandia/KAFB with low cost electricity.

Livermore Site Office Manager Alice Williams yesterday received the NNSA Gold Medal for distinguished service in the national security of the United States and the NNSA Defense Programs Award of Excellence. Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, presented the awards and thanked Alice for her dedication to NNSA and to NNSA's Defense Programs. Alice is leaving the Livermore Site Office at the end of the year and is transitioning to the Environmental Management leadership team.

WATE in Knoxville, TN has a fantastic piece about the work being done by Y-12 employees this holiday season.


The Y-12 Apprentice Program held the first graduation ceremony in almost 30 years recently at the site's New Hope Center. Nine apprentices, including members of the carpenter's, painter's, insulator's and ironworker and rigger's unions, received their certificates of achievement for on-the-job and classroom training. The program, which was restarted three years ago, currently has 73 participants, and Y-12 is planning on adding machinists to its present list of eight trades. The last graduation ceremony before today was in 1982. Joe Riordan, at right, was recognized by B&W Y-12 Vice President and Deputy General Manager Bill Klemm for receiving his welder's certificate ahead of schedule as Beth Green of Facilities, Services and Infrastructure leads the ceremony.


The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has recommended new names for elements 114 and 116, the latest heavy elements to be added to the periodic table.

Scientists of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)-Dubna collaboration proposed the names as Flerovium for element 114 and Livermorium for element 116.

In June 2011, the IUPAC officially accepted elements 114 and 116 as the heaviest elements, more than 10 years after scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna and Lawrence Livermore chemists discovered them.

Flerovium (atomic symbol Fl) was chosen to honor Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, where superheavy elements, including element 114, were synthesized along with its former director. Georgiy N. Flerov (1913-1990) was a renowned physicist who discovered the spontaneous fission of uranium and was a pioneer in heavy-ion physics. He is the founder of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. In 1991, the laboratory was named after Flerov - Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (FLNR).

Livermorium (atomic symbol Lv) was chosen to honor LLNL and the city of Livermore, Calif. A group of researchers from the Laboratory, along with scientists at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, participated in the work carried out in Dubna on the synthesis of superheavy elements, including element 116. (Lawrencium -- Element 103 -- was already named for LLNL's founder E.O. Lawrence.)

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