- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on Sandia National Laboratories’ contract (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

The director of Sandia National Laboratories says there will be changes to the leadership team at the Albuquerque-based lab once a new contractor takes over next May.

Sandia Director Jill Hruby addressed the awarding of the $2.6 billion management contract to a Honeywell International subsidiary in an email to employees Friday.

Federal officials announced earlier in the day that the current contractor, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, lost the bid to the newly formed National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia.

Hruby says under Lockheed, Sandia has taken on some of the nation’s toughest security challenges. She encouraged workers to continue with the remarkable jobs they’ve done and stay focused on their health and safety and that of their colleagues.

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9:47 a.m.

Federal officials have awarded a $2.6 billion contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories to a subsidiary of Honeywell International.

The U.S. Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration said Friday the winning bidder was National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia.

Bidding began earlier this year, marking the first time in years that there was any competition for the lucrative contract. Lockheed Martin has operated the Albuquerque-based weapons and research lab for the past two decades.

The current contract expires April 30. There will be a four-month transition period that officials say will provide stability for employees and operations.

Federal officials say the bid generated unprecedented interest from the across the country. Other bidders were Lockheed Martin and Boeing as well as a team that including the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas, Texas A&M; University.

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