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Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TCP1: closed-ended or open-ended?

If Charlie takes questions at this week's all-call, could be interesting to hear what he has to say about TCP-1 allegedly now not being a closed plan.

Since LANS and LLNS are, for all meaningful purposes, one in the same, whatever he says will have ramifications for those working at LLNL.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Has LANCE improved?

It has been one year since the LANCE electrical accident nearly killed an employee. 

How is LANL doing now in this historically problematic area? Have they improved to the point of no more electrical accidents? Or, is it still business as usual and there are numerous electrical accidents at LANL on a regular basis?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

LANL: Help wanted

If you want to machine plutonium or pack waste drums here is your opportunity. Note, too, that LANS isn't on the list of top employers. You may be fine working there so long as you don't want to do science. LANS has destroyed the great tradition of top scientists at LANL.

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/lanl-puts-out-big-‘help-wanted’-notice

LLNL among America's best employers

Forbes: LLNL among America's best employers
LLNL Newsline 4/29/16

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was named to the 2016 Forbes list of America’s Best Large Employers, ranking No. 102 out of 500 employers that made the cut and the only national laboratory on the list. This ranking places LLNL among the top 10 employers in the San Francisco Bay Area and among the top 12 in government services nationwide.

The list, published in the April 19 issue of Forbes, was compiled based on the results of an online survey of 30,000 employees who were contacted without the involvement of their employers.

Top 10 Bay Area employers on the list
-Google (No. 2)
-Facebook (No. 11)
-Intuit (No. 35)
-Roche (No. 41)
-Stanford University (No. 44)
-University of California, San Francisco (No. 64)
-Genetec (No. 65)
-Kaiser (No. 96)
-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (No. 102)
-LinkedIn (No. 148)

Top ‘Government Services’ employers on the list
-City of Austin (No. 22)
-NASA (No. 28)
-New York City Fire Department (No. 38)
-Los Angeles County (No. 39)
-Miami-Dade County (No. 48)
-Federal Reserve System (No. 50)
-Suffolk County (No.52)
-Department of State (No. 59)
-State of Oregon (No.67)
-State of Connecticut (No. 76)
-City of Los Angeles (No. 93)
-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (No. 102)

While 500 companies made the list, around 1,900 employers qualified for consideration by getting at least 100 recommendations in response to one of two questions: “On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely is it that you would recommend your employer to a friend or family member?” and “Are there employers besides your own that you would recommend a friend or family member to work for?”

Approximately two-thirds of the 30,000 respondents were employees of large American organizations (headcount of 5,000 or more), and they comprised a representative sample of the U.S. workforce based on gender, age, region, education and ethnicity, according to Statista Inc., the third-party company Forbes partnered with to conduct the survey and compile its results.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Rumor: LANS staying until 2019

Hearing the opposite, LANS keeps the contract till 2019 and that there are efforts to get a Bechetl-UC-UTexas bid going for the next round.

Rumor: LANS departs in September

Word is leaking out that it will be announced on Monday that LANS is departing in September and an interim management team will operate LANL until a new contract can be competed.

Monday, April 25, 2016

LLNL at the top, LANL at the bottorm

LLNL gets top marks, while LANL gets lowest score of all of DoE in first annual report on nuclear crit safety to DNFSB.

https://ehss.energy.gov/deprep/2016/TB16A19A.PDF

What Went Wrong with the Los Alamos Contract?

What Went Wrong with the Los Alamos Contract?

Physics Today, March 2016

http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/article/69/3/10.1063/PT.3.3103
"I can't in all good conscious say there is nothing wrong with the LANS model, because if there is nothing wrong model, we wouldn't be in a place where four [extensions] are missed", say Tyler Przbylek

Saturday, April 23, 2016

TCP1 discussion

Are TCP1 plan fiduciaries violating ERISA requirements IF the plan is "openable"?

My read of ERISA requirements suggest an "openable" TCP1 pension understood to be closed, should qualify as a "material change" to the plan compelling the plan fiduciaries to communicate such changes to the participants of the plan without delay. 

"Each retirement plan is required to have a formal, written plan document that details how it operates and its requirements. As noted previously, there is also a booklet that describes the key plan rules, called the Summary Plan Description (SPD), which should be much easier to read and understand. The SPD also should include a summary of any material changes to the plan or to the information required to be in the SPD. In many cases, you can start with the SPD and then look at the plan document if you still have questions."

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq_consumer_pension.html

More new rules on security,

Look out for more new rules on security, compliments of yet another LANL screw-up.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/in-lawsuit-lanl-worker-alleges-discrimination/article_53d577a4-9171-5231-94f1-59ca44d483fb.html

Friday, April 22, 2016

Man arrested for theft of LANL tools

Stories such as this have a major impact on LLNL and the entire NWC. Every time you gripe about some new DoE Order, stop for a moment and realize that it is most likely a result of some stunt at LANL that made the national news.

 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/man-arrested-theft-lanl-tools


 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A new top dog for nuclear weapons in NNSA

After Cook resigned, the principal assistant deputy administrator for military applications became the Acting head of NNSA weapons programs. The Air Force just assigned a brand new person to that slot, and the Col. comes to NNSA from Minot. Some astute readers will remember Minot as being in the news repeatedly over the last several years as the location of one scandal after another. 


Press Operations
Release No: NR-129-16
April 14, 2016
The chief of staff, Air Force announced the following assignments:


Col. Michael J. Lutton, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, from commander, 91st Missile Wing, Air Force Global Strike Command, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, to principal assistant deputy administrator for military applications, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy, Washington, District of Columbia.

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