NNSA says it will not extend contract to manage Pantex plant

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The National Nuclear Security Administration or NNSA will not extend their contract with Pantex.

The decision comes after a recent evaluation. These are done to make sure that the government’s needs are met and that they have a clear set of goals.

NNSA decided they would not extend their contract to manage the Pantex plant and y-12 national security complex.

The current contract ends in september of next year.

CNS said they “will review the NNSA’s feedback and drive to improve our performance. We remain focused on delivering our vital mission for the nation, safely and securely, while addressing challenges and continuing to build an enduring future for Pantex and Y-12. CNS’s contract expires Sept. 30, 2021.”

Below is a statement released by the National Nuclear Security Administration:

Each fiscal year, the NNSA completes an assessment of Management and Operating (M&O) contractor effectiveness in meeting the performance expectations established in their annual Performance Evaluation and Measurement Plan (PEMP). NNSA performance assessments are documented annually in a Performance Evaluation Report (PER), and award fee amounts are documented in a Fee Determination Memorandum. The PERs for most of NNSA’s M&O contractors were released Dec. 19, 2019, and the Performance Evaluation Summaries (PES) were posted on the public website Feb. 6, 2020.

The PER for Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) for FY 2019 was delayed to align the PER and the formal Fee Determination Letter with the schedule for NNSA’s upcoming Gateway Decision regarding a potential two-year contract extension. The CNS contract currently runs through Sept. 30, 2021, as the result of the two-year extension announced in March 2018. The CNS PER was further delayed by the onset of COVID-19 and related activities.

The PES for CNS, like those released earlier this year, is a summary document that features an easy-to-read and transparent award fee scorecard. The summary includes links to the corresponding contract and the PEMP. The award fee scorecard provides the same information documented in the fee determination memorandum including the ratings earned in each of the six performance evaluation goals, at-risk fees available for each, and the final fees awarded by goal. Fixed fee and total fee summaries are provided as well as accomplishments and issues.

The yearly evaluation process is an important part of NNSA’s contract management and is designed to ensure that the U.S. Government’s needs are met by providing a clear set of goals and honest year-end assessment of progress. As a result of the FY 2019 PER, NNSA has decided not to exercise the option to extend the CNS contract, and the contract will expire on Sept. 30, 2021.

NNSA is committed to supporting the continued success of both the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Pantex Plant in their unique role in addressing some of the greatest challenges to our nation’s national security. We strongly support their enduring missions and world-class workforce and seek to ensure the long-term health and vitality of these essential production facilities.

The important work at Y-12 and the Pantex Plant will continue unabated, and the workforce continues to be our top priority.


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