Thursday, December 08, 2005
ROGER SNODGRASS, firstname.lastname@example.org, Monitor Assistant Editor
The Los Alamos Site Office is taking a break.
Officials at the local office of the National Nuclear Security Administration that oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory said Wednesday that means they are concentrating on getting ready for the changes in store under the new contract.
Herman Le Doux, who is leading a LASO team preparing for the next manager at the lab, said the $79 million in fee that will be available would drive many changes.
"This is the first time in the history of LANL that we will have a Limited Liability Corporation managing the laboratory for NNSA," he said. "The fact that it's an LLC and will have a significant portion of the fee at risk necessitates that we do business differently from the site office standpoint."
The three-month effort, called a "strategic pause" and dedicated to "re-engineering" oversight policies and procedures is expected to continue through February.
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Indeed. The word is that there could be a ~5% tax on all programs to pay the $80M contractor's fee and the gross receipts tax. That means 5% less work accomplished on DOE programs (and all other programs), and possibly a 5% cut in LANL staff to accomodate the new costs. Thank you very much, Ambassador Brooks. This is a "new experience" I could have skipped just as well.
LM is not going to get rich off of managing LANL.
increase from 6% to 8% on the LDRD means will be looking at an increase
of at least 7% additional tax on every program dollar. Next, add in
the salary cuts that will come from our new contributions to support
a thread-bare pension fund. Yeah, thats the ticket to cheer up the
work force! Greater job anxiety due to increase funding stress along
with a drop in real take-home pay.
All TSMs better start to work on proposals to feed this new money monster.
I'm sure their are plenty of new sponsors out there who don't mind paying
$500 K per year for a LANL scientist. But if not, then a RIF is probably
in LANL's future, regardless of what St. Pete or the DOE have been telling
us of late. At least the jobs out at the new LANL plutonium pit factory
will be secure.
As for the GRT, Sandia pays it and gets by just fine. If LANL can't "afford" to pay it; why? New Mexico should not be paying this subsidy, of some $70 million per year, to the US Federal government for the "privilege" of having UC run the Lab.
The GRT, plus the ten-fold increase in the management fee, plus the pension costs, totalling as much as ~$250M, are going to cause good2go's predicted RIF.
Anyway, Fat Bill Richardson will piss it away on another airplane or similar nonsence.