Jan. 02--OAK RIDGE -- The U.S. Department of Energy's new security contractor in Oak Ridge got a "very good" grade on its first report card and earned a fee of $519,320.
National Strategic Protective Services, a joint venture of Triple Canopy Inc. and Securiguard Inc., took over as DOE's protective force contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other federal facilities in late March. The contractor won a competition and succeeded Wackenhut, which had held the DOE security contractor for more than a decade.
The performance period was from March 24 through Sept. 30, the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The contractor received an overall performance score of 96. NSPS was notified of the results in a Dec. 11 letter from Joseph A. McBrearty, DOE's fee determination officer on the contract.
In addition to ORNL, NSPS manages the security force at the Oak Ridge Federal Building and the East Tennessee Technology Park.
According to a release by the contractor, "DOE recognized NSPS for its ability to quickly adapt and respond to customer needs while seamlessly assuming responsibility as the Oak Ridge protective force services provider in March 2013."
NSPS President Ignacio Balderas said in a statement that the company was pleased with the results of the initial evaluation.
"We set high expectations when we successfully transitioned the contract, and I am pleased to see we have earned high marks from the Department of Energy," Balderas said.
The hiring of NSPS by DOE was part of an overall security shakeup in Oak Ridge during the past year.
Wackenhut, also known as WSI and G4S Government Solutions, had been a security mainstay in Oak Ridge since the turn of the century.
Following the unprecedented security breach at Y-12 in July 2012, when three protesters broke into the plant and reached the high-security Protected Area, Wackenhut's security contract was terminated at the nuclear weapons plant. The security work was melded into the overall plant management contract held by B&W Y-12, a partnership of Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services and Bechtel National.
Wackenhut later submitted a proposal in an effort to retain the separate security contract for the rest of DOE's Oak Ridge facilities, but ultimately lost its bid for that work as well.
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