DOE Breaks With Tradition, Puts Los Alamos Up for Bids

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Science  09 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5621, pp. 876
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5621.876

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The University of California (UC) will have to compete for the right to continue its 60-year relationship with Los Alamos National Laboratory. The news came from Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, who had asked for a review of the Department of Energy-UC partnership in the wake of a string of security and financial scandals at the laboratory. It left the university in the awkward position of trying to decide whether to fight for a job that it didn't originally want and has traditionally said it won't compete for.