Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Bodeman at LANL
New DOE chief to speak at Lab Friday
Samuel Bodman, the new Department of Energy secretary, is scheduled to speak to the Laboratory on Friday afternoon.
Bodman's all-employee talk begins at 1 p.m., from the Administration Building Auditorium at Technical Area 3. Standard Laboratory clearance and escort rules apply for Lab workers who want to hear the talk in person. It also can be watched live on LABNET Channel 9 and on desktop computers using Real Media and IPTV technology.
Bodman was recently named DOE chief succeeding Spencer Abraham. Bodman most recently was a deputy secretary in the U.S. Treasury Department.
Bodman will be accompanied to Los Alamos by Linton Brooks, director of the National Nuclear Security Administration, and New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici.
While at Los Alamos, Bodman will meet with Laboratory Director Pete Nanos, receive briefings on Lab programs and visit several facilities. He also is scheduled to meet with Laboratory R and D 100 award recipients as well as Los Alamos' three most recent E.O. Lawrence Award winners.
Ok, perhaps it was a bit hasty to lump Bodeman in with his predecessor clown, Abrahams. We should wait until Friday to make that assessment.
Bodman was basically 'move on safely and securely and in compliance.' He didn't mention the Director's name or performance once, that I can recall. That may or may not mean anything.
After O'Leary, Bodman looks like solid gold. Historically though, Energy Secretary's seem to have an easier time doing damage than making things better.
What really opened my eyes was Pete Domenici's rant at the end. Whooooo...I guess we need to just get over it, no one is trying to hurt us.
However, I can understand why he might have said it. He doesn't have to
work under Pete Nanos and is probably tired of hearing the complaints from
people who do. He also can't fire Nanos. Only UC can do that, and they
have been completely out of the picture of late.
I also noticed that both Bodman and Domenici gave Nanos very faint praise
at this talk. Since Nanos was their official host, I found that somewhat
telling. It's probably the best we can reasonable expect for now.