Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Cheap new labor


Saw this graph in the latest issue of Federal Computer
Week (May 22). According to the web site
Collegegrad.com, LANL is expecting to hire a large
number of college grads next year. Perhaps this cheap
new labor is how LANS plans on solving our FY '07
budget crisis?

As usual at LANL, their projections seem to have little relation to reality. With the great number of "double dippers" hanging around, due to opportunity to "retire" from UC and accept employment with LANS, the head count problems at LANL will be severe. They now have the worst of all possible worlds, a herd of "double dippers" quietly feeding, and preparing the RIF list for October.

UC and NNSA show a real talent for screwing things up.
The budget situation, I suspect, is quite different depending on what field you are in. Certain parts of C-div are desperate for qualified people, both TECs and TSMs. Job ads are going unanswered or only minimally qualified applicants are responding.
With the large numbers of experienced personnel retiring, there is not much to do to fill these jobs other than bring in new people.
And we all know how much this place needs new blood....
Lucky, any evidence to back up the claim of LANS preparing a RIF list for October?
The only documented evidence for a RIF comes from the budget numbers. Depending on whom you ask, the numbers range from ~$250 - $350 million shy of last year's budget, when you take GRT, the new contract award fee, actual shortfall, and "transition costs" into account. "Transion costs", btw, do not take into account the doubling of upper-level managers at LANL since the contract was awarded. That's a bonus cost.

Do your own math.
Spode, you forgot to throw in the latest UC FTE count (Excl Students/Incl PDocs): 10/1/05 - 9110; 4/30/06 - 9145. Assume this does not include LANS folks.
I was being generous, for a change.
With the large numbers of experienced personnel retiring, there is not much to do to fill these jobs other than bring in new people.

What large number of people retiring. HR LANS says there were only 100 people out of 9000+. That's a drop in the bucket. They will not be missed at all.
The large number of retirees I was referring to is +/- 5 years, not specifically the "transition retirees."
Transition costs are reimbursed and will not come out of the lab budget. The GRT hit is going to be minimal as most items purchased are being resold to DOE which is tax exempt. GRT is going to be paid on services that are performed by NM companies. KSL is laying off ~ 100 high paid managers and engineers. Double Dippers? I don't think so. UC employees have earned their pension benefits. It is not going to cost LANS one cent.
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Disagree with you on that, whatsdamatter, ol' buddy.

GRT goes to the State of new Mexico, and is forecast to be about $70 million. Neither transition costs ($??) nor the award fee are reimbursable expenses -- they get skimmed right off the top.

UC double-dippers admittedly do not represent any additional budgetary burden.

Doubling the number of upper LANL managers from 22 to about 40 will come right out of the LANL budget.

Best estimate of contract change-over related costs is about $270 million.

Hey, but why argue? Let's just wait 6 months and count the beans then.
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