IG: Sandia used federal funds to try to influence contract extension

The Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General released the results of a special inquiry into allegations that Sandia National Laboratories impermissibly attempted to influence Congress and federal officials to extend the management contract. Here’s an excerpt from the summary:

“Our inspection substantiated the allegation that SNL used Federal contract funds to engage in activities that were intended to influence the extension of the M&O contract with the Department—a contract then valued at about $2.4 billion per year. In particular, SNL developed and executed a plan that involved meeting with and attempting to influence Federal and Congressional officials to provide assistance in obtaining a noncompetitive extension of its contract with the Department. We determined that these activities appeared to have violated United States Code and Federal Acquisition Regulation provisions prohibiting the use of Federal funds to influence members of Congress or Federal officials with regard to an extension of a contract. We also concluded that such activities were impermissible under a provision of the Sandia Corporation M&O contract, which prohibits the contractor from making interface with any Federal, state, municipal or local legislators, or legislative personnel for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business for Sandia Corporation.”

Here’s the report released to the public. The full report is considered to be “Official Use Only” and not publicly available, the IG stated.

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