October 15, 2004
Chris Harrington (202) 974-6314

Below is a statement from University of California Vice President for Laboratory Management S. Robert Foley on the Department of Energy's issuance of a draft request for proposals for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory management contract:

We are currently reviewing the draft document and we will provide our comments to the Department of Energy. We will not be commenting on any specific aspects of the proposal at this time, other then to say that we are very pleased that the Department of Energy recognizes the need to retain Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) world-class scientists and other laboratory workers.

The final decision regarding competition will be made by the University of California Board of Regents. With the strong actions the University is taking throughout its laboratory system, with the leadership of Steve Chu as laboratory director, and with the continued dedication and scientific excellence of the LBNL staff, the University believes that we will be in an excellent position to submit a strong, winning proposal should the Regents choose to do so.

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