On October 15, the Secretary has approved the “if you are in, you’re in” policy statement that, “in all future solicitations where DOE had required the outgoing contractor to become a sponsor of a defined benefit pension plan, the solicitation and new contract will require (a) new contractors to sponsor and maintain those existing defined benefit pension plans (or comparable successor plans if continuation of the existing plans is not practicable) for incumbent contractor employees; and (b) permit incumbent contractor employees to remain in their pension plans.”  The statement specifically continues to state that this policy will not prevent amendment of those plans, but that, the Department will, “give due consideration to the effect of such amendments on participants eligible for retirement or nearing retirement, particularly those participants who are closer to eligibility for retirement and must be consistent with Departmental policy and written instructions.