Long article and nice recap on management of the labs... excerpts....
At A Challenging Time, A New Lab Manager is Named At UC
May 8, 2014
By Jeff Garberson
A 27-year employee of LLNL was appointed University of California Vice President for Laboratory Management last week.
Budil, highly regarded for technical and managerial roles at the
Laboratory and in Washington, D.C., replaces Glenn Mara, who retired
after serving for nearly two years. Mara was also an LLNL veteran.
is the first woman to hold the position, which grew out of an office
created in the early 1990s to take responsibility for UC’s increasingly
challenging negotiations with the federal government over continued
management of [LLNL and LANL]...
While working at LLNL, Budil
earned a PhD at ... UC Davis applied science department. Her
undergraduate degree in physics came from the University of Illinois...
appointment as VP for Laboratory Management also makes her a member of
the executive committee of the Board of Governors of [LANS/LLNS]...
She will be responsible for overseeing University management of those two laboratories and LBNL....
experience includes tours in Washington, D.C., as well as increasing
responsibilities at the Laboratory. Most recently at LLNL, she served as
manager of the Nuclear Counterterrorism Program in the Global Security
directorate. She has held positions in Weapons and Complex Integration,
the National Ignition Facility and elsewhere...include working the
Office of Defense Science of the NNSA and serving as a senior advisor to
the Undersecretary for Science of the DOE...
One major and
possibly insurmountable problem is that the federal agency for which the
two laboratories work, the NNSA is widely recognized as failing, if not
Given frequent gridlock in Washington even over
seemingly simple budget priorities, it is not clear that a major federal
agency can be reformed in the foreseeable future, according to several
A second problem is that the laboratories have
to deal with sharply higher overhead costs today because they are
operated by for-profit organizations that demand high management fees
and have to pay millions of taxes every year. These costs come out of
laboratory budgets that might otherwise go to research.
Layoffs have occurred at both laboratories. Sharp reductions in federal spending make future support uncertain at best..
increased overhead costs resulted in large part from a congressional
decision to remove UC as sole manager of the two defense laboratories.
For decades, UC wanted and received no management fee for operating the
When the federal government insisted in the early 1990s
that the University must accept a management fee, UC agreed only on
condition that it would use the fee to pay off any fines or penalties
that the government imposed. The remainder of the fee would be returned
to the laboratories to support research, continuing the University’s
non-profit (and untaxed) status...
The office that Budil will now lead was responsible for those negotiations...
is this complex history that forms some of the background of the office
that Budil now leads. The University today plays an important role in
the functioning of LLNL and LANL, but it is no longer the only player.
According to observers, nor is there any confidence locally or in
Washington that its federal sponsor, the NNSA, is well qualified to fund
nationally important scientific work.
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