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Hey the reprieve you non-NIF
programs got from discriminatory overhead rates (even 2 years after the
build was complete), well you can do your duty and give it right back to
NIF. Oh wait, you don't have a choice. You non-NIF people should just
go to Silicon Valley. Google hires good people all the time. The bad
ones can stay as government contractors at a national lab as part of the
white collar welfare program.
Weapons Complex Monitor
March 27, 2013
NNSA Seeking To Shift $138 Million In Funds For National Ignition Facility
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility set
to run out of funding next month, the Department of Energy says it will
need to reprogram $138 million to compensate for higher overhead rates
that are being charged to the facility. In a reprogramming request sent
to House and Senate authorizers and appropriators last week, DOE Deputy
Chief Financial Officer Alison Doone said the Department was seeking to
reprogram $88.1 million, and would soon ask for authority to transfer
another $40 million to keep the facility running through the end of the
Fiscal Year. NIF enjoyed lower overhead rates than the rest of the
laboratory during construction, but as it has entered full operations,
it has shifted to a higher overhead rate, forcing lab officials to free
up additional funds in what largely amounts to a complex accounting
Doone said an internal NNSA reprogramming of $5
million during FY 2012 and another $5 million this month have allowed
the most critical research at NIF to continue, and because the increase
to NIF overhead rates has lowered overhead rates for other programs at
the lab, the current $88.1 million reprogramming request will be paid
for by the “windfall” from the other programs. “These funds can be
redirected to LLNL’s RTBF activity with no adverse effects to the
programs involved,” Doone said in a letter to top House and Senate
authorizers and appropriators last week. However, the additional $40
million that will be needed for NIF is likely to have an impact on the
program, Doone said. “We will aim to minimize potential adverse impacts
to other programs as we select these sources to fund this high-priority
effort,” she wrote.
Last year, NIF Director Ed Moses told
Congress that a $140 million shortfall driven by higher overhead rates
could force the lab to lay off 450 NIF employees.
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