Y-12’s ‘work for others’ steady at about $50M

y12overviewAerial view of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. (NNSA photograph)

The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge receives most of its funding from the Department of Energy, via the semi-independent arm known as the National Nuclear Security Administration.

But the Oak Ridge plant also receives money — substantial amounts of money — from other sources.

In Fiscal Year 2015, the plant’s total budget approached $1.5 billion. Slightly more than $51 million came from other agencies or institutions under what’s called the Strategic Partnerships Program (what formerly was known as Work For Others.)

As noted by federal spokesman Steven Wyatt, “This includes work performed for other federal agencies and non-federal entities as well as work for other DOE and NNSA facilities.”

Wyatt said the FY 2015 amount of funding from these sources was about the same as the year before. He would not provide specifics about the funding sources, but he did acknowledge that some of the money comes from the Defense Department.

“I am not at liberty to discuss the specifics of the work performed for DOD or the work we perform for other government agencies,” Wyatt said via email.

He also declined to name other non-DOE agencies or institutions who funded Y-12 activities.

I have requested additional information on the amount of non-DOE funding and the projects being carried out with this money.

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