Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

GOP Congressman Questions DOE Renewal of UC-Labs Contract.(New Mexico)

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Northern Bureau

Committee Chairman Demands Records

SANTA FE A congressional leader has demanded all records behind the deal that last week renewed the University of California's control over Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, accused former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson of thumbing his nose at Congress and the incoming administration by approving the management contract shortly before leaving office.

"We have no choice but to pursue this matter vigorously," Tauzin said in a statement Tuesday.

Tauzin sent letters Monday demanding contract records from University of California President Richard Atkinson and Energy Department administrator John Gordon, who negotiated the contract. …

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