DOE INTENDS TO EXTEND LOCKHEED MARTIN'S MANAGEMENT CONTRACT FOR SANDIA
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, December 13th, 2002 -- Sandia National Laboratories President and Director C. Paul Robinson said today the Department of Energy's intent to extend Lockheed Martin Corporation's management contract for Sandia provides continuity for Sandia and will benefit the nation. "This is very welcome news. It is good to know that we will not face the distractions of a contract competition at this time of critical national challenge, and the possibility of disruption in the management and culture of the laboratories," Robinson said.
Robinson's comments came after DOE Secretary Spencer Abraham announced during a visit to Sandia that the department is renewing Lockheed Martin Corporation's management contract for Sandia for another five years. The new contract will take effect Oct. 1, 2003, and be in place until Sept. 30, 2008. Lockheed Martin Corporation's current management contract began Oct. 1, 1993.
"I am delighted with the announcement that Secretary Abraham made today - that he intends to extend the contract for Lockheed Martin to manage and operate Sandia," Robinson said. "Lockheed Martin has proved to be a conscientious and wise corporate parent as well as an outstanding corporate citizen. They have created a world-class board of directors here, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to our community.
"Today's announcement is just as important to the people of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California, as it is to the folks who work here at Sandia National Laboratories."
Under Lockheed Martin Corporation's management, Sandia has consistently received outstanding performance ratings from the DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration.