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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bye Bye Harry!

Well it's finally official....

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March 27, 2015

Harold T. Conner, Jr.
Announces Departure from
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Harold Conner announced he will be leaving the Laboratory. He is heading back to the Oak Ridge complex to work for URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR), the Department of Energy's (DOE's) cleanup contractor for the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation, primarily focused on cleanup of East Tennessee Technology Park (the former Oak Ridge K-25 Site).

Harold began as a University of Tennessee (UT) co-op student at Oak Ridge when he was 18 years old and is now heading back to lead the Nuclear Services and Engineering Division. This leadership position will include overseeing Engineering Programs, Systems Engineering, Waste Certification, Criticality Safety, Nuclear Engineering, Work Planning and Control, the Facility and Project Engineer, and the Chief Engineer. Additionally, he will be working with the UT Dean of Engineering looking for collaborative opportunities for graduates and research funding.

Please join me in thanking Harold for his dedication and commitment to the Laboratory. Harold has successfully led the Facilities and Infrastructure Directorate for the last eight years. He is well known for championing the outstanding contributions and accomplishments the employees of the Facilities and Infrastructure organization have made during his tenure here at LLNL.

With Harold’s departure, the Facilities and Infrastructure Directorate will undergo a reorganization that will take several months to finalize. During this time, I have asked Anita Gursahani, the Deputy Principal Associate Director, Operations and Business to take on the role of Interim Associate Director for Facilities and Infrastructure, effective immediately.

Harold’s last day at LLNL is Friday, March 27, 2015.

Mark W. Martinez
Principal Associate Director
Operations & Business

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Rumor is Harold will not be replaced and F&I will be dissolved. Note that his deputy - Brent Henderson - was not made acting F&I AD. Normally the deputy takes over while a search for a replacement occurs. Also note that there's no mention of a "search" just a reorganization.

Will there be a raise at LANL?

Will the staff raise money at LANL be diverted to pay for WIPP clean up?

Bonus at LLNL!

The Director announces a bonus for the entire LLNL staff. Not gonna alter anyone's lifestyle, but it's a bit of tangible appreciation.

Friday, March 27, 2015

It's official: WIPP debacle 100% due to LANL

The TAT’s overarching conclusion is that chemically incompatible contents of Drum 68660 from Los Alamos National Laboratory in combination with physical conditions (e.g., the configuration of the materials in the drum) supported exothermic chemical reactions leading to a thermal runaway; the consequent build-up of gases within the drum displaced the drum lid, venting radioactive materials and hot matter that further reacted with air or other materials outside the drum to cause the damage observed in WIPP P7R7.

The following key judgments led to and support that conclusion:

Key Judgment 1: Contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible.

Key Judgment 2: Drum 68660 breached as the result of internal chemical reactions that generated heat and produced gases that built up pressure sufficient to overcome the drum vent and seal.

Key Judgment 3: Drum 68660 was the source of the radiological contamination in WIPP.

Key Judgment 4: Initiation of the thermal runaway was internal and not caused by phenomena outside Drum 68660.

Key Judgment 5: Thermal and pressure effects resulted in the movement of material during the release event and caused the damage observed in WIPP P7R7; the release did not result from a detonation.

http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/03/f20/MARCH%202015%20-%20FINAL%20TECHNICAL%20ASSESSMENT%20TEAM%20REPORT.pdf

Need the real story behind UC and LLNS retiree health benefits and the merits of the lawsuit

The real story behind UC and LLNS retiree health benefits and the merits of the lawsuit. I'd like a true analysis. My understanding is that UC retiree health benefits today are worse than the LLNS benefits as of 2015. If you worked 20 years under UC/LLNS you would receive 100% vested benefit, while under UC alone at 20 years you would receive 80%. Depends on age and total years of service, but UC watered down their coverage in 2013 so that UC employees would have to work 30 years minimum and retire at 65. Am I wrong ?

Safety culture overreaches

Safety culture overreaches and stymies the lab. We all know it.

Adults must wear bicycle helmets on site.
And on a similar note:
Parents Must Sign Permission Slip Before Kids Can Eat Oreos


Safety Nazi says "No science for you!" Take ladder training.
COMMENTS:

March 26, 2015 at 3:12 PM"

You are a prime example of the cowboy culture that has ruined the labs. You think you are sooo smart. Remember what Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman said, when asked who is to blame for the problems at the labs, "arrogance of scientists". How do you people get such big egos? You people do not earn enough money to justify saying you are so great. The hammer needs to be brought down on you.
March 26, 2015 at 6:55 PM
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Someone needs to take some anger management classes.
March 26, 2015 at 7:07 PM
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Remember what Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman said...

March 26, 2015 at 6:55 PM

Quoting idiots does not bolster your argument.
March 26, 2015 at 8:04 PM
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Someone needs to take some anger management classes.

March 26, 2015 at 7:07 PM

.... or get a PhD to remove that jealousy.
March 26, 2015 at 9:31 PM
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What is the reputation of each LLNS corporate member?

What is the reputation of each LLNS corporate member?

What is the reputation of each LLNS corporate member Bechtel National, the University of California, Babcock and Wilcox, the Washington Division of URS Corporation, and Battelle? What are their respective influence levels within the LLNS LLC?

Another study about how to fix the DoE labs


Maybe, just maybe, someday a leader will act on the problems, and not continue to study them.


http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/03/f20/Interim%20Report_SEAB%20Task%20Force%20on%20DOE%20National%20Laboratories.pdf
March 24, 2015 at 5:34 PM
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"Another study about how to fix the DoE labs"


How about getting a private company to run it? It could be made much more cost efficient have to live up to industry standards. Everyone wins.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

So that's where all the overhead is going.....


"The Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico spent $1.6 million to review similar travel and conference requests during one fiscal year, an increase of $1.4 million from the previous one.

And Los Alamos officials poured $708,500 into updating a travel and expense management system so they could track all the paperwork."


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/03/23/consequences-of-the-federal-travel-clampdown-more-costs/

Another LANL project over budget and behind schedule



With WIPP closed for the foreseeable future, the TRU waste project will miss deadlines and continue to have a large budget increase.


http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-182

Monday, March 23, 2015

Aon Hewitt news?

Has anyone heard more about the change from Aon Hewitt for retiree benefits? I saw a post weeks ago here, but I am waiting for details. I am out of the country and have little access to info. Saw article online on the Independent that there is a briefing on Monday, March 23 at the Bothwell theatre in Livermore. Is anyone planning on attending?

Does LLNS Staff Relations and LLNS Senior Management have "free rein"?

"Does LLNS Staff Relations and LLNS Senior Management have "free rein" to do what they wish to any employee at any time without potential risk to the LLNS annual DOE/NNSA "award fee"?

Neither the LLNS Staff Relations employment practices, or the LLNS employee grievance system are evaluated or graded as part of the NNSA Livermore Field Office annual "Performance Evaluation Report.” As such, LLNS Staff Relations employment practices and endorsement of said business practices from LLNS Senior Management, are not accountable by any established metric in any systematic predefined annual review to either the DOE or the NNSA.

Ellen Pao lawsuit is going to have an impact on LLNL staff relations.

I think the recent Ellen Pao lawsuit is going to have an impact on LLNL staff relations.

http://recode.net/2015/03/06/women-outperformed-men-and-a-sexual-predator-was-on-the-loose-kleiner-perkins-investigator-opens-up/

Staff relations has a history of blaming the victim and easing out employees who are victims of retaliation or seen as "problems" by the management. Management also has a history of making highly personal attacks on performance appraisals that have no relevance to actual performance. That isn't working in the Ellen Pao case. Of course at the lab, management "picks the winners" and pushes down those it doesn't like. This highly subjective criterion doesn't play well in the courtroom.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Conner and Henderson get the shove from LLNL

See you in the funny papers....

Looks like Conner and Henderson get the shove from LLNL. It's official and I hear there is a PARTY next week! These guys are frauds and should be sued. They (and their "parent" companyies) should have to repay every penny that they fraudulently took from the US taxpayers. Absolutely nothing but misery left from their "vacation" to California.

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