Lockheed Martin Keeps IRM Services Subcontract

Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md., has received a five-year contract extension worth $300 million to $400 million to provide information resource management services to the Department of Energy's Hanford site in the state of Washington.

Lockheed Martin holds a subcontract with Hanford site manager Fluor Daniel Hanford Inc. The Department of Energy had considered competing the IRM services as a separate prime contract, but decided to keep it under Fluor's existing contract.

"We analyzed ways to reduce overall information technology costs at Hanford, including input from the technology industry experts, and in the end we found that keeping the existing contractual structure in place was prudent," said Bob Rosselli, deputy manager of business services at the department's Richland, Wash., Operations Office.

The original contract, awarded in 1996 to Fluor of Aliso Viejo, Calif., was worth an estimated $7.58 billion over 10 years. Lockheed Martin and Qwest Communications International Inc., Denver, have been the major subcontractors since the contract's inception. Qwest will receive a three-year extension of its subcontract, worth about $9.5 million.

The Hanford site was a plutonium production operation from the 1940s until the late 1980s. It is the largest environmental restoration and cleanup project in the world today, according to Lockheed Martin.

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