WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, with an option for phase in of Tritium Operations performed at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. The RFP also includes a separate severable line item for the project management of the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
The release of the RFP comes after more than two years of analysis and outside reviews, conversations with numerous interested parties, and an informative public comment period. NNSA released a draft version of the RFP in July, which received 27 responses from interested stakeholders.
“We’re continuously improving the way we do business, and this RFP is a big part of it,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “We’re looking at everything with an eye toward streamlining our operations so we can direct more resources to critical mission work. Our new approach ensures that we are effective stewards of limited tax dollars while operating as a single, integrated enterprise. This RFP is a piece of a larger commitment to getting better, operating more efficiently, and working as one NNSA.”
NNSA laid out four specific objectives as it worked to implement its vision of an interdependent nuclear security enterprise. The four objectives that will be met through this contract are:
As part of this approach, NNSA previously announced a decision to create a single consolidated nuclear production federal site office. A single site manager will be responsible for overseeing operations at Pantex and Y-12. In addition, NNSA decided that Protective Force services for Y-12 and Pantex be procured through a consolidated separate prime contract vehicle rather than through a proprietary management & operating model, as originally presented in the draft RFP.
Other improvements made to the RFP after release of the draft version include:
Information regarding the RFP and the NNSA contracting strategy can be found at the following website: http://www.doeal.gov/MOContracts/Default.aspx.
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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.