A security improvement project at the Y-12 National Security Complex was completed ahead of schedule and about $20 million under budget, federal officials announced Monday.
The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Security Improvement Project upgraded security at Y-12 by replacing existing alarm stations and access control systems with Argus, a comprehensive security system developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a press release said. The SIP came in about $20 million under the original $72 million budget.
“Maintaining a safe and secure deterrent is one of NNSA’s most important responsibilities,” said NNSA Acting Chief of Defense Nuclear Security Michael Lempke. “SIP is a continuation of NNSA’s goal to use the best, most modern security technology to keep the nation’s nuclear weapons and material secure.”
Bob Raines, NNSA associate administrator for acquisition and project management, said the project demonstrated the “power of teamwork.”
“The SIP is yet another example that final metrics of cost and schedule can be achieved when clear expectations are set, the federal and contractor site and headquarters teams are aligned, and all parties accept accountability for their role in project delivery,” Raines said.
Federal officials said the SIP also had an outstanding safety record. The project has logged more than 300,000 hours, or about 3,800 workdays, over 10 years without a lost workday due to injury.
SIP joins the growing list of projects being successfully delivered by the NNSA, the press release said. During the past three years, NNSA has delivered a $725 million project portfolio approximately $50 million—or 7 percent—under budget. NNSA has been recognized by the Government Accountability Office and Congress for progress made in these areas, and as a result has been removed from GAO’s high risk list for projects less than $750 million, the release said.