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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rich Marquez - Top LANL Management Official Abruptly Resigns

Rich Marquez - Top LANL Management Official Abruptly Resigns

Today the following MEMO from LANL's Director Charlie McMillan was sent out:

Subject:  Departure of Executive Director

Rich Marquez, Executive Director, has informed me of his intention to leave Los Alamos National Laboratory. Effective immediately, I have asked Craig Leasure, Principal Associate Director for Operations and Business, to serve as interim Executive Director in addition to his current PADOPS responsibilities. The duties of the Executive Director will also be distributed among members of my office and the Laboratory’s executive leadership team.

We knew through the grapevine that he was escorted off of LANL property by Security late afternoon on Tuesday. Mr Marquez was quite a character at LANL for years and was the Directors right hand man. Who knows why he was abruptly let go but perhaps his much rumored "Bill Cosby" type behavior caught up with him or something even more unethical. The announcement was not the usual lauding and heaps of praise of a high up manager upon leaving LANL. The true reasons may never be revealed. If I was upper management I would be pleased that he is gone. In the trenches he had a real soiled reputation. So, he gets to leave with his millions and more than likely unpunished, other than losing his high paid job.
COMMENTS:
Anonymous said...


Rich Marquez, man that guy was a walking lawsuit, nobody liked him. Glad he is gone but I cannot imagine that LANS suddenly got a conscious and did the right thing it must of been something so bad that they had no choice. Well it least it is some good news.

UC must cut budget for 5 years to balance books

UC must cut budget for 5 years to balance books

Since "all options are on the table" it is only a matter of time before the outdated retirement system is updated to a modern defined contribution program.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/higher-education/chancellor-uc-berkeley-faces-deficit-difficult-decisions/2016/02/10/387b64f2-d010-11e5-90d3-34c2c42653ac_story.html

LANL budget expected to decline

Overall Lab budget expected to decline, while pit production budget increases
http://www.abqjournal.com/721642/news/los-alamos-lab-would-get-2-1-billion-in-obamas-proposed-budget.html

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DoE contractors get caught

DoE contractors get caught using government funds to pay for unallowable legal settlements

Hmmmmm.
Surely neither LLNL nor LANL would do such a thing!

"We did not disclose the identity of the contractors chosen because of confidentiality requirements regarding legal settlements and details of on going legal cases."


http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/02/f29/DOE-OIG-16-06.pdf

Monday, February 8, 2016

Rumor has it....

Hearing some news that they will be going to a non-profit model for the next contract call at LANL.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Another LANL major construction project with problems

It sure would be nice someday soon to see an end to the continual LANL problems. 

COMMENTS:Anonymous 
Anonymous said...

It sure would be nice someday soon to see an end to the continual LANL problems.

Perhaps when they get rid of the "for profit" model.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope. Not until they get rid of the DOE.
 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Who is POGO?

Can somebody tell us what POGO's raison d'etre is, other than always calling for yet another LANL congressional investigation? For as long as I can remember, that's pretty much the only thing they've ever done. You could replace these guys by a perl script. 

I guess if they were to stop that, they would have to disband. A one-trick pony.Who is POGO

POGO calling for another LANL congressional investigation



When this happened before under UC, there were years of hearings and bad press. Maybe there will be fewer this time around.


http://www.pogo.org/blog/2016/once-upon-a-time-los-alamos.html

New

I recently started working at the lab. So far it is enjoyable and interesting, my coworkers are cool and I am compensated well. For us that are new to the lab and this blog, what is the context I'm missing and what are the general motivations of posters here? Also why is there such a focus on LANL on this blog?

Game changing fine for LLC?

NNSA has placed a fine on the LLC that used to run Y-12. Yes, that is correct, not the one running it now. The detail that they waived the fine after placing it is less important. The case has been established that LLCs can, and will, be fined after they loose the operation contract.


http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/01/f29/Preliminary%20Notice%20of%20Violation%2C%20Babcock%20%26%20Wilcox%20Technical%20Services%20Y-12%2C%20%20LLC.pdf

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Walp, Duran and Montano

Walp and Duran aren't letting it go, aided by Montano. There was always much more to this than appeared publicly, including the canning of some very competent and experienced LANL managers who did not deserve it, and not those named in the story.

http://www.abqjournal.com/716428/news/whistleblowers-ask-u-s-attorney-for-new-probe-of-lanl-fraud-former-lab-officials-death.html?paperboy=loggedin630am

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New contractor, new vision?

Once you get by all the news on the elections, the All Blacks of New Zealand won another international rugby championship this week. The Maori dance was covered in full on the story, and it brought up memories of a few months ago when Charlie flew the executive coach in for his vision meeting. Everyone was forced to sit in the auditorium through the whole Kiwi show. What a waste of time and money!

Now that the lab contractor will be replaced soon, wonder if the the vision will change yet again?

LANL during Klotz visit

LANS sure did screw the pooch on today's bizarre lab closing. A quick at this morning weather forecast said was that was going to be heavy snow from 6:30-8.30AM and than snow free for the rest of the day so a reasonable choice would have been to have LANL start at 10AM. What did LANS do instead you ask? They kept the lab open during the worst part of the storm and than closed the lab at 10AM, this way you had drive in during the worst of it start work and leave just when the weather gets better. Truly effing dumb and bizarre. Supposedly Klotz was at LANL today so perhaps that contributed to the screw up.

Klotz of course well qualified to lead the NNSA with his strong science and engineering background he has an MPhill in international relations and a DPHil in politics. Personally I think Rachel Maddow would be a far better choice to lead the NNSA as show also has a DPHil in politics from Oxford.

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