Friday, May 06, 2005
Some lawmakers suggest firing staff, shutting down Los Alamos facility
| Federal auditors say the government overpaid almost $30 million to the University of California for national lab management offices in Oakland and elsewhere over five years, atop $14 million of inappropriate costs at UC-run Los Alamos National Laboratory. |
Lawmakers were incensed at those costs Thursday, with one Republican congressman suggesting firing the entire Los Alamos staff and a Democratic congressman talking of shutting the lab down.
This is just more malfeasance on the part of the auditors, irresponsbile reporting on the part of the media, and blow-harding on the part of the Members of Congess.
Go to page 9 and check out the first paragraph of the section titled:
Role of the NNSA During Resumption
LANL has problems, and problems that can be fixed. So does NNSA, LLNL, SNL, and the rest of the complex.
And Congress is just as complicit in fomenting these problems as UC, but has almost no self-awareness of their role, unlike the other players.
Close, but I think hemorrhoid surgery with a chain saw is a better analogy!
Similarly, a member of Congress is a lawyer who is too dumb to practice, but not too dumb to steal.