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Friday, January 20, 2017

Get ready!

  1. Get ready, the budget axe will be coming down hard on the DOE and it will happen very quickly:


    Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending.

    Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned.

    The changes they propose are dramatic.

    The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.
  2. From the Hill article:

    ... "At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels."

    That would mean all of the increases due to bigger annual budgets, inflation adjustments, etc. over the last 8 years of Obama would be totally wiped out. These cuts in real terms would be very significant. I wouldn't worry about finding new employees to replace staff that are retiring from the NSNA labs. Instead, you may need to start worrying about that dreaded word: "RIF".

    Quickly putting the labs under DOD might help insulate the NNSA weapon labs from future cuts, though.


Anonymous said...

Here's the Heritage Foundation Budget Book Trump staffers are using as a guide:

Fusion research would be reduced to 2008 levels. Nonproliferation, safeguards, weapons dismantling reduced to 2014 levels. Lots of energy programs eliminated. Pretty substantial cuts but still has to be approved by Congress.

But I'd still recommend polishing off your resume.

Anonymous said...

It is well to keep in mind that a President's proposed budgets are always DOA in Congress, even when the same party controls the executive and congress.

Anonymous said...

If you are working on ICF, you should definitely polish your resume. There will be strong pressure to kill off funding, and even the inevitable compromise will be a big hit.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure glad we elected an "outsider" with zero experience.

Anonymous said...

Good maybe we can get rid of Ron Darbee. Doug Larson should be fired for putting such an uneducated jerk in charge of some of the best Techs at the Lab. We can only hope!

Anonymous said...

Lots of hanger on old timers need to retire at LLNL anyway. Double dipping, over-compensated and pandered, ....

Cut the fat !

Many of my old colleagues, sorry !


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