Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Subject: URGENT NOTIFICATION

Subject: URGENT NOTIFICATION

At the direction of the Laboratory Director, HR has been advised to
suspend all hiring actions, both internal and external, as well as all
supplemental staffing actions. A newly created Laboratory Hiring Council
will evaluate our staffing levels and develop a strategy for moving
forward under current budget constraints. This suspension is effective
immediately.

Formal employment offers (for regular and limited-term appointments) that
have been authorized by HR and accepted by the candidate, effective COB
9/27/05, will be processed. Employment offers that have been extended,
but not yet accepted, may be subject to the review of the Hiring
Council. Discuss these situations with your Deployed Group Leader.

Additionally, the Laboratory will not extend any new staff augmentation
agreements (Butler, Comforce, Weirich, Plus Group) without review by the
Hiring Council.

Until further clarifying guidance is provided, additional employment
actions affected by this suspension include:
* New job postings
* Directed transfers
* Conversions (Limited-term to Regular; Postdocs to Limited-term or
Regular; GRA to Regular)
* Promotions / reclassifications
* Internal transfers on advertised jobs
Employment actions not affected by this suspension include:
* Postdoc hires
* Student hires
* Extensions of Limited-term appointments
* Rehire of Retirees as Lab Associate
Further direction will be issued by the Director regarding the process for
review and approval/disapproval of all actions suspended.

Comments:
There are three issues behind the "freeze" - (1) in the last 5 years there has been a dramatic shift in hiring practices, and SSMs are hired at a much higher rate than TSMs. The SSMS represent support, but often in the OPS side. ADWEM has been on a drunken binge of hiring Dave Beck's idea of a perfect LANL employee (a SSM with experience at RF or SR). This has made the labor cost sky rocket, and no new program brought in. (2) The decline in budget means than there will be problems this fall, and unfortunately only a couple of directorates figured it out. (3) The desire to do directed transfers as fast as possible to get away from TS or other functions that will really change under the new contractor.

The real unfortunate part of announcement is that it came out of the blue. Apparently caught many people by surprise (especially our AD, Dave "count those beans" Beck".
 
Can somebody please explain what a "Deployed Group Leader" is. I thought that we had "Deployed HR Generalists?" Did HR find a way to promote these people just prior to the freeze?
 
If budget constraints are the reason for the recent hiring freeze, how can the lab contintue to spend $500,000 per year for each Oracle consultant to continue to fail to implement a new financial system. The enterprise project needs to be shut down now.

2 plus TSM's could be hired for the price of each of these Oracle consultants, and at least they would work on lab mission work.
 
You weren't supposed to notice that, 07:35:09.
 
Why a hiring freeze now? What is different about this year than previous years? The LANL contract being up for bid, that's what. What possible benefit does UC see in further crippling the attempts being made to replace some of those still-vacant staff member positions?

Somebody knows something that they are not sharing with the rest of us.
 
How can the Laboratory make such a unilateral decision that affects so many people so powerfully with such little thought? I am one of those who had nearly finished the hiring process as a contractor. My friends were congratulating me on the new job since they had been interviewed for my background check. I had terminated my apartment contract and started moving my belongings in preparation for returning to New Mexico, a state I consider home.

I have always thought that it was good manners to copy anyone mentioned in a memo, at least as a courtesy. Yet, apparently none of the contracting organizations named were included in the distribution. They found out from one of their current LANL contractors or from the Blog.

Once again the Laboratory has taken decision making authority from line managers and attempted to centralize all control. Does anyone believe a committee of Associate Directors can make hiring decisions for all the groups at the Laboratory? They don't have the time nor the knowledge. But, it will slow hiring down to zero for some time and eliminate all hope for those of us who were waiting for the final phone call to come to work at Los Alamos. My sympathy and condolences to all those in a similar position to mine. They probably won't get as much from the Laboratory.
 
Anonymous at 9/29/2005 09:56:47 AM: Did you really terminate your lease before you had a formal written offer? If so, you are too dumb to work at LANL.
 
Anonymous 1:30:48 You are one heartless person. You must be a Nano's clone!
 
Well, believe you me, when Nanos left for DTRA, he had that UC lease on his house nailed down good!
 
That just goes to prove you can be smart and heartless but you can also be smart and have a heart which you obviously don't qualify for.
 
To 01:30:48 PM just look around no one is too dumb to work at LANL.
 
Don't know where you work 7:35 am, but TSMs in our group are running $300k/yr on DOE program work.
 
I'll meet your $300 K and raise you $ 50 K more. The average TSM cost
in my group is now running $350 K, and we see very little help from
either support or upper management to justify this outrageous expense.

The run-up in costs of TSM labor over the last few years is about to
cause an implosion at LANL. And if you remember one of Kuckuck's
recent All-Hands meetings, he talked about the cost of doing business,
but showed very little interest in bringing these costs down. Instead,
I suppose we'll just RIF away while adding more management and support
until the last remaining TSMs top out at the $1 million per year level.
 
9/28/2005 08:02:54 pm has a point. It's sad, but true, that only a few directorates have a clue about funding. It is amazing that so few people at LANL have any attachment to fiscal reality. Then again, it's hardly surprising when LANL gets bailed out by Sen Domenici every time.
 
Take a look at the types of people who retired last year and which groups they came from: a whole lot of TSMs and TECs who were direct-funded.

Now, take a look at what kinds of people were hired last year: a whole lot of ASMs and SSMs, mostly in overhead groups.

Can't somebody on the fourth floor of the Admin building figure out that this is a path to fiscal disaster?
 
Don't you get it, 07:28:49 AM? They just "don't get it" up there on the 4th floor. LANL and UC have richly earned their own demise.
 
The easiest way to save some money is to get some of the high-priced 'consultants' off the payroll. Younger, Press, Day, Mah, Nanos, Browne...
 
A potential net savings of $1.49M X ~2.5 - 3.0 for G&A, overhead, taxes, etc. per year (I threw in Lisa for good measure). Why, we could save DOE about $4 million just by losing some excess baggage.


141597 NANOS GEORGE P JR DIR 8/12/2002 $235,000.00 SENIOR ADVISOR 0 TSM REGULAR FT

106215 YOUNGER STEPHEN M T-DO 8/14/1989 $204,000.00 SENIOR FELLOW 0 TSM REGULAR FT

97314 PRESS WILLIAM H D-1 12/23/1998 $205,938.00 SENIOR FELLOW 0 TSM REGULAR FT

92863 GUTIERREZ LISA J ADTR 12/6/1999 $163,500.00 SPECIAL ASSISTANT 6 SSM REGULAR FT

85508 MAH RICHARD ADWEM 10/27/1976 $246,800.00 ASSOC DIRECTOR 0 TSM REGULAR FT

83925 DAY ROBERT HARLOW PADNWP 1/15/1976 $207,000.00 STAFF MEMBER 0 TSM REGULAR FT

90178 BROWNE JOHN C ADTR 9/9/2003 $231,625.00 LAB ASSOC STAFF 0 TSM LIM TERM CASUL
 
Lisa Gutierrez makes $163 K as a directorate "Morale Officer" and is
only an SSM? Amazing! This is quite an anomalous data point. I guess
all the other SSMs have something to look forward to in their careers
at LANL. How does Lisa manage do pull this off?
 
Add to the "losers list"; Gancarz ($171k), Wadt ($185k), and Erickson ($195k). LANL would benefit from their loss, and many other such candidates.
Would the new UC LLC deal with this problem? Unlikely!!
 
To Anonymous @ 9/30/2005 11:20:19 AM:
Lisa must have a photo of somebody important committing an immoral act with a barnyard animal. There can be no other explanation.
 
Interesting that there is STILL no notification of the hiring freeze on the LANL Jobs webpage.
 
According to Jim "Baghdad Bob" Fallin, there is no hiring freeze in effect at LANL, in spite of the fact hat a hiring freeze was put into effect at LANL last Thursday by Director (interem) Kuckuck.
 
Hate to ask 11:51 am, but what makes you think any LLC is going to deal with this "problem"? What's in it for them?
 
9/29/2005 11:21 pm - sounds like the housing bubble I keep reading about in the financial press.
 


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