Urged for DOE Labs
Leaders of a House appropriations panel pressured Energy Secretary
Spencer Abraham Wednesday to seek competitive bids on operating
contracts for DOE's national laboratories, according to a report
in Inside Energy. The newsletter said that amid expressions
of outrage over recent problems at Los Alamos, the chairman and
senior Democrat on the House Energy and Water Appropriations subcommittee
both warned Abraham that they would push the agency to embrace more
competition if it did not do so voluntarily. "I'll tell you
right up front there is no way you can convince me that not competing
these jobs for more than 60 years is in the best interest of taxpayers,"
Chairman David Hobson was quoted as saying. DOE's decision on Los
Alamos is due April 30.