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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004
UC Office of the President contact: Chris Harrington (202) 974-6314
chris.harrington@ucdc.edu

Below is a statement from University of California Vice President for Laboratory Management S. Robert Foley regarding the release of the draft request for proposal for the competitive selection of a management and operating (M&O) contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) by the National Nuclear Security Administration.


STATEMENT FROM UC VICE PRESIDENT S. ROBERT FOLEY

UC Laboratory Management staff, working with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Acquisition Team, are reviewing the draft request for proposals, and we will submit comments to the U.S. Department of Energy after a thorough review is completed. We will not be commenting on any specific aspects of the proposal at this time, other than to say that we are very pleased that, as with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory draft RFP, the Department of Energy recognizes the need to retain Los Alamos National Laboratory's world-class scientists and other laboratory workers.

The final decision regarding competition will be made by the University of California Board of Regents. We are pleased that the draft RFP has been released and that the competition process will now start in earnest. With the strong actions the university is taking throughout its laboratory system and with the continued dedication and scientific excellence of the LANL staff, I believe we will be in excellent position to submit a strong and winning proposal should the UC Board of Regents make the final decision to compete.

As current contract managers, we remain focused on the ongoing management of Los Alamos National Laboratory and ensuring that the lab meets the highest standards for safety, security and management practices.

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