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NNSA Statement Regarding Nevada National Security Site Management & Operating Contract

WASHINGTON – On August 26, 2016, the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) awarded the contract for the management and operation of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) to Nevada Site Science Support and Technologies Corporation (NVS3T). The winning proposal identified NVS3T as a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. In making the award, NNSA evaluated past performance and other factors based upon the proposal as submitted.

After the award, DOE/NNSA learned that Leidos Innovations Corporation had acquired NVS3T from Lockheed Martin. NVS3T did not notify the NNSA contracting officer of the change in ownership and control as required by the request for proposal. This change in ownership raises substantial questions about the information in the NVS3T proposal, which could significantly impact the evaluation of the proposal and award decision.  

Accordingly, NNSA has decided to rescind the award to NVS3T. This allows the current procurement action to continue. In the interest of fairness, NNSA will reconsider all offers previously received in response to the request for proposals. In accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations, NNSA cannot comment on the details of individual proposals, negotiations, or proposal evaluations.

As we proceed with the procurement, the current contract with National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec) will remain in place until performance begins on a new contract. This development will not have an impact on NNSS' workforce or on its ability to execute its national security missions.

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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 the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce 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.