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Sandia To Pay $4.8M To Settle Nuke Contract Lobbying Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (August 21, 2015, 9:55 PM EDT) -- Sandia Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $4.8 million to settle allegations that it improperly used federal contract funds to lobby federal officials and members of Congress for an extension of a multibillion-dollar management contract for a nuclear weapons facility, authorities announced Friday.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that, under the deal, Sandia hadn’t admitted to any liability over claims that it violated federal laws including the False Claims Act to get a renewal of its management and operating contract with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Sandia, a Lockheed Martin Corp. subsidiary, operates Sandia...

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