What are the opinions of the community, of an NNSA lab piloting a federalization effort? This would be similar to how NETL is run, where the lab is staffed and managed by US Government Employees. While most the National Labs are Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCOs), only NETL is a Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOGO), where lab staff and management are DOE employees.
NASA is an agency to look at, most of their sites (for the expectation of JPL) are federally staffed.
-Prestige of being a National Lab AND Federal Employee
-All federal holidays off, and usually the Secretary grants a few hour early dismissal the day before a holiday
-FERS retirement, which includes a pension/TSP(401k) hybrid
Military credit toward retirement
-Federal health plan
1-3 years of service: 4 hours every 2 weeks
3-15 years of service: 6 hours every 2 weeks
+15 years of service: 8 hours every 2 weeks
-Veterans preference (only a pro for vets)
-Limited by GS-Scale: most employees will be capped at $155k
-Veterans preference: a veterans that meets the minimum qualifications may be hired above a better candidate
For example a 2.7 GPA MS from a Cal State School who is a veteran, will likely be hired over a 3.8 PhD from Stanford or MIT
-Subject to government RIFs, furloughs, pay freeze
will not buy employees coffee, bottled water, food, or other business
expenses (perks) that a contractor can get away with justifying.
-Government employees are held rigidly to OPM per diem rates
-Less of a buffer of political BS coming from NNSA HQ on technical work
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