WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Nuclear Security Administration today announced that it is considering extending the contracts for the management and operation of the NNSA’s Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. In accordance with FAR 6.302-1, two special notices of intent were posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website on Tuesday, June 22, announcing NNSA’s intention to award contract extensions on a sole source basis.
The one-year contract extensions will run from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011. Each also includes two additional three-month options which may be exercised if needed. The one-year extension allows the Contract Competition Source Evaluation Board to complete the competitive process leading to award of a follow-on contract for the combined management of the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Pantex Plant, with an option for the phase-in of Tritium Operations performed at the Savannah River Site. The two three-month option periods will allow transition time for the new contractor.
Earlier this year, after more than two years of review, NNSA announced its new acquisition strategy decision for key contracts. Consistent with all Departmental and Federal contract competition policies, NNSA decided to conduct a competition resulting in a single contract for the management of the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Pantex Plant, with an option for the phase-in of Tritium Operations performed at the Savannah River Site.
The proposed single contract award will further strengthen DOE/NNSA’s ability to achieve the ambitious goals set by the President in his proposed FY2011-2015 budget and is consistent with the DOE/NNSA vision to move toward a fully integrated and interdependent enterprise which will enhance mission performance, reduce costs, strengthen partnerships and improve stakeholder confidence.
The Y-12 national Security Complex is managed by Babcock and Wilcox (B&W) Technical Services Y-12, LLC which is comprised of B&W Technical Services and Bechtel National, Inc. The Pantex Plant is managed by Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Pantex, LLC which is comprised of B&W Technical Services, Bechtel National, Inc., and Honeywell international, Incorporated.
Information regarding the follow-on competition for the single contract award for the management of Y-12 and the Pantex Plant with an option for the phase-in of Tritium Operations performed at the Savannah River Site can be found at the following website: http://www.doeal.gov/MOContracts/Default.aspx 
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 in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the 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.