Mission Support Alliance contract extended for 3 years

Annette Cary, Tri-City HeraldDecember 16, 2013 

Mission Support Alliance will provide sitewide support services at Hanford for three more years.

The Department of Energy announced Monday that it is extending the contract, which includes work valued at an estimated $950 million, through May 2017. About $736 million of that is in direct DOE payments, and the rest would come from services purchased by other Hanford contractors.

Mission Support Alliance won a contract valued at about $3 billion for up to a decade in 2009. The extension of three years will be added to its five-year base period, leaving one more contract extension possible.

Mission Support Alliance remains the best value to the government on the basis of price, cost savings and quality, said Matt McCormick, manager of the DOE Richland Operations Office, in a statement.

"MSA has done an outstanding job of providing site services and extending the contract ensures continuity of services that are vital to cleanup," he said.

DOE announced in October 2012 that details needed to be worked out but that it planned to extend the contract for three years.

"The work we have accomplished at Hanford in the areas of safety, customer service and innovations has saved DOE over $161 million since 2009 and is a testament to our performance," said MSA President Frank Armijo.

MSA, which employs about 1,500 workers, provides infrastructure and other services needed across the Hanford nuclear reservation. That includes worker safety and health programs, management of the HAMMER training center, environmental compliance programs, utility services, fire and emergency services, security and information technology.

It also provides support for DOE, such as portfolio management.

The contractor has found efficiencies since 2009, including creating a central warehousing system rather than having each Hanford contractor run a separate warehouse system, according to DOE. It has moved Hanford computer services from a system with information stored on personal computers to a less-expensive and more energy-efficient cloud system with desktop components that communicate with a centralized server.

It also has switched Hanford to a voice over internet protocol, or VoIP, system, to replace its antiquated phone system.

DOE has had MSA take over some work previously done at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, including dosimetry, cultural resources and environmental and other monitoring.

MSA is a limited liability company formed by Lockheed Martin Integrated Technology, Jacobs Engineer Group and WSI, along with a team of subcontractors.

-- Annette Cary: 582-1533; acary@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @HanfordNews

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