Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Enjoy, if that is the right word, the last few months

From Anonymous:

"Numb" seems to best describe the state of LANL these days. There is a slow, but apparently growing awareness that no matter who wins the contract, the days of UC and the UC retirement and benefits programs will soon be over at LANL. It will be an LLC that runs the place after December, no matter who wins the bid. Recent threads (http://lanl-the-real-story.blogspot.com/2005/08/directors-instruction-provides.html, http://lanl-the-real-story.blogspot.com/2005/08/best-wishes-to-contestants-in-this.html) show that while there are still a few staff who don't seem to understand that the days when UC ran LANL are almost over, most people now "get it".

Given the recent repeated demonstrations of management ineptness at LANL (post docs breathing acid fumes, requiring hospitalization and not reporting the incident for a week; the AM-241 contaminations followed by LANL PA trying to keep the news buried; the supposed "classified" Mac and the subsequent airing of confused and conflicting policies regarding how to excess computers at LANL, and more LANL PA stonewalling) it looks like the UC/Bechtel consortium does not stand a chance. Not that these most recent screw ups were necessary to demonstrate that it was time for a change, although I guess it can't hurt to prove the point.

Between now and the new year it should finally become a quiet news period as far as LANL is concerned. We can expect traffic on the blog to taper off, barring any more "oopsies", until the new contractor is announced. This is as it should be. Enjoy, if that is the right word, the last few months of UC's stewardship of LANL.

Comments:
From where I lie, here deep inside the coffin, I see no light. I do believe that Lockheed Martin knows how to weld coffin lids shut.

-Robt. Dynes
 
Oh, yea, like the last 10 years have been really great and the contract bid is just going to shut the party down as it was getting good.
 
How come no comments on blog or in ABQ media about the shut down of the Tritium facility? Did LANL succeed in burying that story too?
 
"Between now and the new year it should finally become a quiet news period as far as LANL is concerned."

Want to bet? My money will be on DOE/NNSA and all of the political types using every resource available to them to trump up all of the mistakes that happen between now and Dec. 1 so that no matter what the decision is, it will be well-justified in the media.
 
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