Firm claims former employee violated contract, harmed bid to manage two nuclear sites
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About the nuclear plants
-- The Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas handles assembly, disassembly and storage of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
-- The Y-12 National Security Complex near Oak Ridge, Tenn. store nuclear material, and builds and refurbishes nuclear weapon components to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
-- B&W has been the prime contractor managing both sites — one of the primary operations of the Lynchburg-based B&W Technical Operations Group — since 2000.
About the contract dispute
The National Nuclear Security Administration announced in January that Consolidated Nuclear Services — a Bechtel/Lockheed Martin partnership — was the winner of a $22 billion combined contract for management of Pantex and Y-12 for up to 10 years. Ten days later, on Jan. 18, B&W filed a protest with the Government Accounting Office over the decision.
Last week, the GAO upheld part of the protest and recommended that the NNSA reconsider bids, analyze the promised cost savings and possibly re-award the consolidated contract.
Who is Daniel Glenn?
Glenn was the site manager at the Pantex plant and an employee of the U.S. Department of Energy from 2001 until he retired in 2008. He joined B&W in 2009 in its Medical Isotopes Productions Systems project in Lynchburg — a project unrelated to management of the nuclear plants — and became program manager in 2010. After learning in late 2011 from B&W that funding would be reduced for the isotopes project, he accepted a position with Lockheed Martin on the Consolidated Nuclear Services team as a senior manager at the Pantex plant.
Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 3:30 am
Updated: 9:21 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.
As a high-stakes contract dispute involving Babcock & Wilcox over management of two key nuclear weapons facilities plays out on a national scale, court documents from a related lawsuit in Lynchburg give an unusual inside look into the secret and competitive world of nuclear security and intellectual property.
B&W filed the suit last August, claiming a former employee in Lynchburg violated his contract, his fiduciary duties to his employer and the Virginia Trade Secrets Act when he left the company and accepted a position with a competitor.
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Sunday, May 5, 2013 3:30 am.
Updated: 9:21 am.