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Tuesday, January 1, 2019


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Friday, August 17, 2018

UC's bigger role

Lots of talk that UC will be playing a much bigger role in the new contract this time around. In LANS they just seemed to step back and let the corporate partners control the culture, now that there are no corporate partners this will change and UC can once again participate in a more substantive way. Lets hope this is true.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bookless headed to NNSA

The White House on Friday announced the anticipated nominee to fill the No. 2 slot at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, which has been vacant throughout the Trump administration.

Longtime Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory senior physicist William Bookless would take over as NNSA principal deputy administrator upon Senate confirmation, according to the Aug. 10 announcement of intent to nominate. He would succeed Madelyn Creedon, who retired on Jan. 20, 2017, the day President Donald Trump was inaugurated, after about two-and-a-half years in the position.

Bookless had not been formally nominated as of deadline Monday for Weapons Complex Morning Briefing. His nomination would pass through the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The White House and NNSA at deadline had not answered queries regarding the extended delay in filling the principal deputy position.

After earning a doctorate in physics in 1980 from the University of Wyoming, Bookless spent 32 years as a senior physicist at Livermore, one of the Energy Department’s key nuclear weapons laboratories. While there, he served as deputy associate director for the facility’s nuclear weapons program and as associate director for safety and environmental protection, according to his White House biography. Toward the end of his career, Bookless was a senior adviser to then-NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino and an assistant laboratory director for policy and planning at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York state. Bookless retired in 2015.

Nonprofit asks for criminal probe into coalition reimbursements

Now that the NM attorney general is involved in the probe it will be hard to kill the story quickly. The defense makes no sense at all to claim that they did not know the law and it is not a crime because no one told them about it. The documents were altered after the fact by the LA county staff employees to cover up years of illegal payments when it came to light. At least that is what the audit reports as facts, and they have the altered documents with the specific LA county employees changes, so it just makes no sense to continue on the defense of ignorance equates to innocence. 

There is no real distinction between LANL and LA county in this story, since any responsible oversight would have required an audit that would have surfaced what has been claimed as widespread waste, fraud and abuse. It was LANL that provided the funds to LA county for the lobbying effort, and then never bothered to check into how the money was spent. Now that the county admits that alcohol and sports tickets were provided to DOE employees from the account, this could be a federal case and go beyond the NM attorney general.


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