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Monday, September 17, 2012

Looming funding cuts set to occur in early 2013?

Anonymously contributed: ============================================================================================ From the Weapons Complex Monitor September 17, 2012 ============================================================================================ White House Issues Report Detailing Sequestration Impacts ==================================================================================== The White House late last week issued a Congressionally required report outlining just how much of an impact the looming funding cuts set to occur in early 2013 known as sequestration will have on federal programs, including those overseen by the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management. According to the report, the NNSA’s weapons activities would be cut by 9.4 percent, or $678 million based largely on current funding levels. The NNSA’s nonproliferation activities would also be cut by 9.4 percent, or $216 million. For EM, defense environmental cleanup funding, which largely covers DOE’s main cleanup sites, would be cut by 9.4 percent, or $472 million. Non-defense environmental cleanup funding and uranium enrichment D&D funding would each be cut by 8.2 percent, or $19 million and $39 million, respectively. The sequestration process would involve a total of $1.2 trillion in funding cuts, equally divided between defense and non-defense funding, over 10 years unless Congress passes deficit reduction legislation targeting the same amount before Jan. 2, 2013. “The specter of harmful across-the-board cuts to defense and non-defense programs was intended to drive both sides to compromise. The sequestration itself was never intended to be implemented. The Administration strongly believes that sequestration is bad policy, and that Congress can and should take action to avoid it by passing a comprehensive and balanced deficit reduction package,” the report says, adding, “As the Administration has made clear, no amount of planning can mitigate the effect of these cuts. Sequestration is a blunt and indiscriminate instrument. It is not the responsible way for our nation to achieve deficit reduction.”


Anonymous said...

Well even if sequestration is avoided there will have to be cuts and NNSA could get well get 5-9% in any case. Sequestration is still very possible since if it goes through the blame goes equally to all sides and since they have to do something so this may just be the easy way out.

Anonymous said...

Because the cuts will come late in the fiscal year but apply to full year spending levels, they will require deep pullbacks in spending and painful layoffs.

Unfortunately, LANS has decided that the staff at LANL will only get a 30 days notice, even though the WARN Act requires defense contractors to give a 60 day warning before layoffs begin:

None of the defense contractors like Lockheed or Raytheon treat their employees the with the total disdain that the new lab LLCs do with their RIF policies.

Anonymous said...

None of the defense contractors like Lockheed or Raytheon treat their employees the with the total disdain that the new lab LLCs do with their RIF policies.

September 17, 2012 11:07 PM

Not only do they treat us with distain with their RIF policy but also during our employment.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the local NNSA office had to say about the 30 day notice for contractors?
In light of the Y-12 security breach, and the documented oversight failures of the local NNSA office, it looks like more and more authority will be removed from these local yokels and pulled into headquarters. Hard to see a headquarters DOE lawyer going along with the 30 day notice.

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