LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles (ACAVs) to The Department of Justice’s local FBI office in Nevada.
The transfer created $474,000 in savings to the government as the NFO security force no longer had a mission need for the specialized and expensive tactical vehicles. The interagency collaboration enabled continued use of government resources beyond their useful life at the NFO.
“This is yet another example of how interagency communication and collaboration combined with willing initiative by stewards of government resources can produce huge savings and cost avoidance for the government,” said NNSA Acting Chief of Defense Nuclear Security Michael Lempke. “Rather than just scrapping the vehicles through the authorized excess equipment process, the NFO was able to find another government agency with a mission need for these vehicles.”
In 2012, NFO transferred nine ACAVs to the Department of Homeland Security’s Special Operations Group in El Paso, Texas, resulting in a cost avoidance of almost $1 million. In addition, the NFO is working on another effort involving an excess weapons transfer to the FBI which could add another $100,000 in cost avoidance.
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.