May 21, 2008

Sandia awards three staff augmentation contracts

Contracts valued at $706 million over five years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three new companies have each been awarded new contracts to provide Sandia National Laboratories' total of approximately 1,200 staff augmentation workers. 

Staff augmentation personnel are contract professional, support, and information technology (IT) workers brought in by Sandia for varying periods of time to supplement efforts of the internal staff in order to contain costs and handle overflow work. Sandia uses both full-time and part-time staff augmentation workers.

The newly selected staff augmentation suppliers:

These new five-year contracts – collectively worth an estimated $706 million over their terms – are not expected to result in a reduction of the total number of staff augmentation workers, who can be found at the Labs’ sites in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, and Livermore, Calif.

The three new contracts to the new companies will replace 17 contracts held since 1996 by 10 companies.

In most respects these changes should be nearly seamless for staff augmentation workers assigned to many Sandia organizations and to colleagues who are employees of the Labs and its customers, says Fred Romo, the senior contracting representative who has led the multi-year effort to identify the most cost-effective manner for the Labs’ to fill its staff augmentation needs.

“This change is just one of several Sandia is undertaking during this summer that affect its policies and business practices,” says Romo. “For instance, this consolidation of contracts is being made for efficiency reasons. Just one example of that, is that cost of administration will be significantly reduced.”

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Sandia news media contact: John German (505) 844-5199,