Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project Completed Under Budget

Press Release
Apr 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project (NMSSUP) was recently completed approximately $1 million under its original budget of $245 million. NMSSUP upgrades security at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Technical Area-55, a facility that houses high-security plutonium assets and operations.

“The security of our nation’s nuclear material is our most important responsibility,” said NNSA Acting Chief of Defense Nuclear Security Michael Lempke. “In accordance with the Secretary’s vision, NNSA leadership is focused on instilling a culture that embraces security as an essential element of the NNSA mission.”

“By delivering NMSSUP under budget, the NNSA and the NMSSUP Project team demonstrated the importance of responsibility and accountability,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Acquisition and Project Management Bob Raines. “Through focused attention to detail, and top to bottom leadership involvement, even a troubled project can be righted when clear expectations are set and all parties accept accountability for their role in project delivery.”

NNSA’s ultimate project management goal is to deliver every project at the original performance baseline – on schedule, within budget, and fully capable of meeting requirements for mission performance, safeguards and security, quality assurance, sustainability, and environmental, safety and health. NMSSUP continues a positive trend for the NNSA.

“The laboratory looks forward to the increased capability and strengthened security envelope that the perimeter upgrade project delivers,” said LANL Acting Deputy Director Paul Henry. “We could not be more proud of our Protective Force personnel who kept the facility secure without incident throughout the perimeter upgrade project.”

Over the past three years, NNSA has delivered a $725 million project portfolio approximately $50 million—or 7 percent—under budget. 

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.