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With Weeks Before Scheduled Contract Transition, No NNSA Discussion With Bidders for New Y-12, Pantex Pact

As of Friday, with only weeks to go before it hoped to transition the sites to new management, the National Nuclear Security Administration had yet to hold discussions with bidders for the next contract to manage the Pantex Plant and the Y-12 National Security Complex, sources said. The new contract has a four-month transition period […]

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Alleged Sandia Swindler Faces 30-Year Max for Abusing Company Credit Card

Ex-Sandia National Laboratories employee Joshua Cordova has pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and now awaits a sentencing in the U.S. District Court for New Mexico after allegedly ripping off the government for somewhere between $75,000 and $140,000, according to a plea agreement filed last week. Cordova, who helped train military, law-enforcement and emergency […]

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DOE Picking Up Another 4-Month Option With Centerra at Savannah River

The Department of Energy is picking up its option to keep Centerra Group on through at least Oct. 7 as provider of security at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina while the agency continues to review a 10-year, $1-billion follow-on contract awarded in February to Securitas CIS. A DOE spokesperson said in an email late last […]

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Centrus Shows Quarterly Loss After Preferred Share Swap but Revenues Rise

A swap of common shares for preferred shares led to a $2.2-million first-quarter loss for Centrus Energy Corp.’s  common shareholders, as revenue rose across the board, the Bethesda, Md.-based nuclear fuel reseller and enrichment technology developer wrote in its latest quarterly earnings report. Centrus’ net income was $5.1 million for the three months ended March […]

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Early Voting Underway in New Mexico Special Election for Congressional Seat

Early in-person voting started last week and runs through May 29, for the June 1 special election in New Mexico’s Congressional District 1, which is home to the Sandia National Laboratories. The seat was vacated by Rep. Debra Haaland (D), she was confirmed as the Joe Biden administration’s secretary of interior on March 16. The special election […]

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Biden Nuclear Posture Review Starting ‘Soon,’ Running Into ‘Fall,’ DOD Official Tells Senators

The Joe Biden administration will start its nuclear posture review soon and work on it into the fall, there’s no new Minuteman III life-extension study at the Pentagon and bad welds on some missile tubes won’t delay delivery of the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, witnesses testified late Wednesday before a Senate Armed Services panel. […]

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As CDC Declares Masks Off for the Vaccinated, Inoculations Across NNSA Enterprise Rise

In a week where the federal government said people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely return to some forms of maskless, pre-pandemic socializing, active cases of the viral disease fell across the National Nuclear Security Administration complex as vaccinations rose. The agency reported 138 active cases of COVID-19 among its civilians and contractors on Friday, […]

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Fluor Brings in Less Revenue During Q1 But Government Contracting a Bright Spot

Fluor, Irving, Texas, suffered a net loss from continuing operations of $61 million compared with a net gain of $21.6 million during the first quarter of 2020, the international engineering and construction company said Friday. A $68-million expense linked to development of its NuScale small modular reactor business, and other costs, contributed to the slide, […]

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Granholm Tells Congress She Supports 80 Pits a Year in Two States

During a nearly three-hour budget hearing into which nuclear weapons seldom figured, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said Thursday she supports building a two-state complex to produce at least 80 plutonium pits annually.  That’s among the most, if not the most, definitive statement of support any senior Biden-administration official has made for the National Nuclear […]

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Unarmed Minuteman III Launch Ends After Detection of Launch Sequence Fault

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was unable to conduct a planned test launch from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. on May 5th. “The unarmed missile in test configuration reacted exactly as it was designed, terminating the launch on the ground when it detected a fault in its launch sequence,” U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command […]

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