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NNSA officials recently participated in an event at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the last U.S. underground nuclear explosive test and to highlight the successes of the NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program.

Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, was among the participants of the event. He talked about the future of the Stockpile Stewardship Program and acknowledged the achievements of the past.

See the video from the event.

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Dec 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

Small businesses continue to play a vital role in the day-to-day operations of Los Alamos National Laboratory, as evidenced by the amount of procurements from small businesses in fiscal year 2012.

In the recently completed fiscal year, LANL purchased $603.2 million in goods and services. According to LANL's Small Business Program Office, 52.5 percent of this amount went toward goods and services from small businesses, exceeding LANL's goal of 46 percent. LANL surpassed its goals for purchases from Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Women-Owned Small Businesses, HUBZone businesses, Veteran-Owned and Serviced-Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses.

Warren Finch, LANL's acting small business program manager, says the outstanding results demonstrate LANL’s commitment to strengthening its relationship with the small business community.

Dec 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

Employees at Sandia National Laboratories collected enough gifts for more than 450 foster children through New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department. Patty Zamora, volunteer coordinator for Sandia's Community Involvement department (pictured here), said she's always overwhelmed by the generosity of Sandia employees.

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Dec 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

NNSA BlogSmall businesses are a big deal at Pantex, and Roxanne Hudson couldn’t be happier about that fact.

Hudson, executive vice president of Corporate Technology Group (CTG) in Amarillo, has been working with Pantex for more than 20 years as a subcontractor, and has seen firsthand the difference a focus on small business utilization can make in a community. She said Pantex really goes out of its way to work with small businesses like hers.

CTG started in 1981 selling electronics components. As the personal computer revolution took over, the business continued to grow. It now employs about 16 people in its Amarillo and Arlington, Texas, offices. CTG procures products and services for Pantex as a subcontractor.

For years, Pantex has consistently exceeded DOE goals for directing subcontracting work to small businesses and those owned by disadvantaged groups. The effort has been so successful that Pantex has been honored two years in a row with national awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Last year, Pantex won the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for utilization of small business. This year, Pantex won the Frances Perkins Vanguard Award in recognition of its work with women-owned small businesses.

Mike Tryon, manager of the Supply Chain Management Division, said Pantex recognizes the important role small businesses play in both the local and national economy, so the Plant feels responsible for supporting small businesses whenever possible.

About the photos:
(top right) Pantex received the 2012 Frances Perkins Vanguard Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for excellence in utilization of women-owned small businesses earlier this year.
(below) In the photo are, from left, Brad Brack, Small Business Program Manager at Pantex; John Woolery, B&W Pantex General Manager; Roxanne Hudson, Corporate Technology Group (CTG) Executive Vice President; Mark A. Padilla, Assistant Manager for Programs & Projects with the NNSA Production Office; and Mike Tryon, Division Manager for Supply Chain Management at Pantex.

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Dec 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

On the plains of the Texas Panhandle, it pays to be ready for unpredictable and severe weather. The Pantex Plant has risen to that challenge, once again earning recognition from the National Weather Service (NWS) as a StormReady site.

Jose Garcia, meteorologist in charge of the NWS’s Amarillo office, says Pantex was one of the first entities of its kind to become StormReady.

Garcia and other NWS officials were at the plant recently to present Pantex officials with the recertification. He said StormReady status indicates Pantex has the weather sirens, shelters, notification technology and emergency response infrastructure to respond effectively to severe weather.

The StormReady program started in 1999 in Tulsa, Okla., and has since grown to encompass more than 2,000 sites. Pantex was the first nuclear site to earn the designation and remains one of only a handful that has achieved StormReady status.

Pantex has a long history of working with the community, says Alonza Campbell, manager of the Emergency Management Department at Pantex. Pantex maintains contact with the NWS to anticipate storms and other inclement weather conditions. Pantex even uses and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios to alert residents living near the plant of emergency conditions.

Dec 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller recently provided remarks at the annual DOE/NNSA intergovernmental meeting. The meeting brought together state, local and tribal government stakeholders from each of the states and communities where DOE and NNSA facilities are located. The intergovernmental groups were comprised of governors’ senior staff, state legislators, attorneys general, mayors, city/county councilpersons and tribes. Miller talked about the evolution and current status of the DOE/NNSA budget and emphasized NNSA’s commitment to working with states and communities to realize shared vision and objectives.

Dec 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

As part of NNSA’s Small Business Week, today’s profile highlights Cadre5, a full-service technology and design firm located in Knoxville, Tenn. Since 2007, Cadre5 has worked with NNSA through Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop innovative and state-of-the-art software products and provide other program consulting expertise on multiple projects, most notably the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). Cadre5 was the principal developer of G2, GTRI’s award-winning program management information system. Developing G2 has been instrumental in allowing GTRI to accelerate its efforts to secure vulnerable nuclear and radiological materials located at civilian sites worldwide as a centerpiece of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.

When designing G2, Cadre5 leveraged its experience with private-sector executive reporting and data visualization systems to meet NNSA’s need for project information at more than 8,000 buildings in 100 countries. Cadre5 has been instrumental in addressing complex problems through its own expertise and coordination with NNSA and laboratory subject matter experts. Cadre5’s development of the G2 system has far exceeded NNSA’s expectations.

In 2011, NNSA was awarded the Project Management Institute's Distinguished Project Award in recognition for this effort, a first for any government agency. Cadre5’s use of an agile software development strategy greatly contributed to this achievement and has kept GTRI well ahead of the technology curve. The success that GTRI has had in utilizing G2 and working with Cadre5 is being leveraged with other programs across DOE/NNSA. Utilizing common or similar software solutions, Cadre5 has improved DOE/NNSA’s ability to successfully carry out its mission and realize considerable efficiencies and cost-savings.

Cadre5 has supported its local community through charitable contributions to the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, and through donating computer equipment to local schools and other organizations. Cadre5 has proven itself not only as an agile small business committed to excellence in the products and services they deliver, but also as a key GTRI team member.

For more information about Cadre5 see: http://www.cadre5.com/index.html

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Dec 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

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LANL employees pledged a record $2.13 million this year to United Way and other nonprofit organizations. With a $1 million matching pledge from Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the total donated during the giving campaign was more than $3.1 million.

Los Alamos Director Charlie McMillan expressed gratitude and pride in LANL employees for spreading a spirit of generosity and concern for the surrounding community, even as the laboratory faces a difficult budget climate.

Read more about the campaign here.

About the photo:
LANL employee P.J. Timmerman in front of the Española Valley Animal Shelter, one of the local nonprofits that will benefit from donations raised by LANL.

Dec 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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Federal and contractor employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex recently expressed best wishes to Robert “Dino” Herrera on his upcoming retirement from NNSA. He currently serves as deputy associate deputy administrator, Office of Infrastructure and Construction, in Defense Programs. In this role, Herrera provides executive support to the Associate Deputy Administrator in directing the management of designated programs for the operation and maintenance of select NNSA facilities. Herrera has overseen some of Y-12's recent significant accomplishments, such as installation of a new steam plant, replacement of the site's potable water system and the construction of multiple facilities including a vehicle maintenance shop, records storage building and a technical support facility. 

Above is a photo from the informal reception held for Dino this week, with Steve Erhart (right), NNSA Production Office Manager.

Dec 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

NNSA BlogLawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees pledged more than $2.5 million in this year's Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign, a charitable drive that benefits local community and nonprofit agencies in and around Livermore. Combined with Lawrence Livermore National Security's matching donation of $1 million, it was one of the largest drives in HOME's 38-year history.

Since 2007, the HOME Campaign has raised more than $2 million annually. The donations go directly to community groups selected by LLNL employees.

Read more about the donations.

Dec 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm