B&W Y‑12 has assumed responsibility for the protective force at the Y‑12 National Security Complex following a four-week transition from WSI Oak Ridge, the site’s former subcontractor for security. During the transition, B&W Y‑12 hired more than 560 WSI Oak Ridge employees.
“The transition from WSI Oak Ridge to B&W Y‑12 has gone very smoothly, and we welcome these new employees to the company,” said Brigadier General (Ret.) Rod Johnson, Deputy General Manager for Security. “We’ve already seen improvements in security performance following previously announced contracting changes, and we believe we’ll see additional successes with the protective force fully integrated into B&W Y‑12.”
Following a Sept. 28 recommendation from the National Nuclear Security Administration that WSI Oak Ridge’s contract for security services be terminated, B&W Y‑12 announced it would terminate WSI Oak Ridge’s contract and take direct responsibility for security. Security activities began to be transitioned on October 1.
B&W Y‑12 has made numerous improvements in security in the past three months, including significant reduction of false and nuisance alarms, successful completion of two intensive force-on-force exercises to test protective force readiness, and the installation of new security cameras.