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Saturday, December 10, 2016

NNSA in last 8 years

What is the relative state of the NNSA laboratories today as compared with eight years ago? We had Chu and Moniz as Energy Department leadership and how much did they change?

Trump's 74 questions sent to DOE:

Full list of Trump's 74 questions sent to DOE:
http://www.eenews.net/assets/2016/12/09/document_gw_06.pdf

$325.5 million needed by WIPP in FY17

$325.5 million needed by WIPP in FY17

"Heinrich is pressing the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide the full $325.5 million WIPP now estimates will be needed in FY17 to restore safe operations."

http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/non-local-news-releases/33401-heinrich-secures-key-advancements-for-new-mexico-in-annual-defense-bill

Thank you once again to LANL for the kitty litter explosion that caused the WIPP closure.

Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers

Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/trump-transition-team-seeks-details-on-energy-dept-workers/2016/12/09/3a4aeab2-be4b-11e6-ae79-bec72d34f8c9_story.html
The questionnaire also appeared to take aim at the national laboratories, which operate with a high degree of independence but which are part of the Energy Department. The questionnaire asked for a list of the top 20 salaried employees of the labs, the labs’ peer-reviewed publications over the past three years, a list of their professional society memberships, affiliations, and the websites they maintain or contribute to “during work hours.”

Transition Team Questions Energy Employees

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The Latest: Transition Team Questions Energy Employees
New York Times

http://mobile.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/12/09/us/politics/ap-us-trump-the-latest.html

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is asking Energy Department employees detailed questions about the agency's operations and personnel, requesting a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on climate change over the past five years.

The questionnaire also seeks a list of all political appointees and senior executives and asks workers to offer their opinions on who "owns" the department's clean energy mission and other policy goals.

One Energy Department official, who asked not to be named, expressed concern about the 74 questions and said it appears Trump's transition team is targeting officials who have helped implement Obama administration policies on issues from the Iran nuclear deal to the operations of national energy labs.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the questionnaire, which was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Done deal

This is another example of just how out of touch some people are. It is already a done deal. He will have confirmation hearings scheduled soon, and almost all of the Dems on the SASC have gone on the record as supporting him.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mattis has only been retired a couple of years. The law requires 7 years. He will need a new law which Dems will oppose. Nomination DOA.

NNSA Labs scores

NNSA sent out annual scores to each lab last week, and LLNL looks pretty good!

401k performance since Nov 8th

  1. I realize this isn't strictly about the Labs, but I think it's Lab-related in that I'm sure many blog readers are in a similar financial boat wrt deferred tax retirement investments.

    How is your 401K, 403B, etc. doing since November 8? Of course we represent a variety of investment approaches, but in general I would expect people's portfolios to be noticeably up. Mine is not (about 70/30 stock/bond split, fairly conservative but with one slice in a more speculative fund...ALL are a bit down over the last month despite significant gains in all major stock indices in the last month).

    Just curious what others in a similar boat are experiencing.

    Not particularly interested in Trump/Hillary/transition/LLC/etc. harangues, but empirically that would seem inevitable. I'll ignore and just pay attention to people who answer the question posed, with thanks in advance.
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  2. If you are mostly into broad-based domestic funds I don't understand how you could be missing the current rally. If you are heavy into sector funds like precious metals, health care, certain emerging markets, bond funds, then maybe not. Or you could be in actively managed funds that are not keeping up with the major indexes.

Ray Washburne is top candidate for energy secretary??

What?!?!? OMG! Really hope this is a case of fake news. This guy has zero qualifications to run DOE. Zero technical, scientific, engineering... let alone nuclear weapons or military background. Hell, even worthless Hazel O'Leary came out of the energy utility sector.

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Ray Washburne is top candidate for energy secretary
CBS News
December 7, 2016

Ray Washburne, a member of President-elect Donald Trump’s finance team and former finance director for Chris Christie, is a top candidate for Mr. Trump’s energy secretary. 

Washburne was vice chairman of the Trump Victory Committee during the general election and was a former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). He lives in Dallas and runs an investment company and owns a chain of Mexican restaurants. 

Washburne, significantly, is the only member of Christie’s team that moved into the Trump campaign or transition to have survived the purge. Everyone else has been moved out. 

Washburne was an early and eager fundraiser for Mr. Trump after Christie endorsed Trump and offered assistance to Steve Mnuchin, now the treasury secretary nominee, when he began work as Mr. Trump’s finance chairman. Washburne has close relationships with other big Trump fund-raisers, including Woody Johnson and Tom Barrack. ‎

Washburne and Trump have met frequently and Trump offered praise for Washburne this morning at his New York fund raiser - both back stage to top donors and during his remarks. 

No final decision has been made on Washburne but three sources directly involved in transition deliberations said Washburne is under serious consideration and could be named in the coming days. 
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-ray-washburne-is-top-candidate-for-energy-secretary/

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Protect illegal students

UC vows to protect illegal alien students from deportation. Will this policy cause NNSA to bar UC from the next LANL contract ?

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/30/napolitano-uc-will-protect-students-from-trumps-deportation-threats/

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Leaked audio reveals additional lewd comments from UC Regent Norman Pattiz

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/27/leaked-audio-reveals-additional-lewd-comments-uc-regent-norman-pattiz/

Mattis

Mattis is on the record that the US should change from a nuclear triad to a nuclear diad, and shelve the land based missile leg. If the Senate confirms him as the Secretary of Defense, this might be an area where the national labs get some attention.
December 2, 2016 at 4:03 AM
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Mattis and Riley Bechtel serve together in California, so not much will change.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hanford news

Hanford contractors to pay $125 million settlement"

"Bechtel National and AECOM have agreed to pay $125 million to resolve allegations that the companies falsely represented and charged the Department of Energy for goods and services that may not have met high standards for nuclear facilities. Bechtel and subcontractor AECOM are building the Hanford nuclear reservation Waste Treatment Plant, or vit plant."

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article116759823.html

Trump adviser called for killing White House science office

Dark days ahead... the Flat Earth Society is taking over the WH as we return to a time reminiscent of the Roman Inquisition...

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Trump adviser called for killing White House science office 
- Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter. November 29, 2016

A transition aide to President-elect Donald Trump called this year for eliminating the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy [OSTP], consolidating the national labs and limiting research for "specific constitutional responsibilities."

Trump named James Carafano, a vice president at the Heritage Foundation, last week as a member of the transition landing team for the Department of Homeland Security.

Carafano specialized in national security and foreign policy at Heritage, but he also was the lead author on a Heritage paper this summer outlining science priorities and reforms for the 45th president. Last year, Carafano wrote an opinion piece for Forbes that stated, "Washington is already far prone to claim everything — from climate change, to the national debt, to obesity — as a national security problem."

The Heritage paper, first noted by the American Institute of Physics, urged "rationalizing" billions of dollars spent on federal research and moving jurisdiction over some of the national labs to non-federal entities like states or universities. It also pressed for limiting federal R&D to support only basic science and "clear national objectives."

The Department of Energy also should not support research and development on things like electric vehicles and renewable power that go beyond the constitutional role of the federal government, he said.

"In recent years, DOE has offered grants, loans, and loan-guarantee programs to a wide array of energy technologies — from solar panels to advanced nuclear and electric vehicles — that already have interest and investment from the private sector," the paper said.

The Department of Homeland Security is involved in energy policy in several ways, including via programs on developing resilience to natural disasters. Last year, the department released a plan with the Department of Energy to protect energy infrastructure ranging from bridges to the grid.

...Many scientists are urging the president-elect to maintain funding for science programs and appoint a science adviser who is a well-respected scientist or engineer.

Yesterday, the leaders of 29 science organizations sent a letter to Trump urging the rapid appointment of a science adviser to address "national challenges"

...OSTP — created in 1976 — is critical because it's the one place in the White House the president can go to for information and advice on science and technology matters that affect everything the government does, including climate change, human health, natural disasters, clean air and water, agriculture, and safe food, said Neal Lane, former National Science Foundation director and now a senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University.

... Lane said the scientific community should be concerned about the future of OSTP, even though it is a statutory agency that the next president can't shut down easily.

"But the president would not have to appoint a science adviser or pay any attention to OSTP," said Lane. "That would be a serious mistake. The U.S. government is large and complicated. Most executive departments and agencies rely on scientific information and the latest technologies to carry out their missions and many provide funding for research and development activities."

http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2016/11/29/stories/1060046343

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