Lujan Grisham Announces Key Commitment by Sandia Contractor to Pursue New Mexico Business
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that the new company managing Sandia National Laboratories agreed to incorporate a provision in its contract that she championed to give New Mexico businesses a better opportunity to compete for work at the research lab. Lujan Grisham fought to get the provision for New Mexico businesses included as the Department of Energy considered a new contract for Sandia.
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, a subsidiary of Honeywell International, recently took over the management contract at Sandia Labs. Rep. Lujan Grisham worked with both Honeywell and the Department of Energy to pursue a Regional Purchasing Program provision as part of the next contract to run Sandia. That program is modeled after similar efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
“This is a win-win for New Mexico and Sandia,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “This provision requires Sandia to have a more significant economic footprint and responsibility to work with New Mexico businesses. That commitment will help grow the economy while also protecting the lab and national security efforts.”
The new 5 percent regional pricing preference incentivizes the use of local and regional subcontractors and vendors. Sandia’s procurement policies have the opportunity to strengthen regional business enterprise, stimulate greater regional employment and infrastructure, increase the business tax base, and reduce regional dependence on federal investment.
In a letter sent in March 2016 to then-Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham pointed out that a similar Regional Purchasing Program at LANL has strengthened the economy of Northern New Mexico, while meeting National Nuclear Security Administration expectations.
You can read the letter to DOE here.