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Friday, February 10, 2017

Adjusting to a new administration


LLNL NewsLine - 02/09/2017

Since the founding of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1952, a dozen presidential administrations have come and gone. Each transition came with questions about program shifts and funding impacts. While each administration has set its own priorities, the Laboratory's core mission -- to apply cutting-edge science and technology to make the nation and world safer and more secure -- has stayed the same.

Lawrence Livermore was created as the "new ideas" Lab, a multidisciplinary institution working at the cutting-edge to respond to the world's greatest challenges. Over the past six decades, our approach to innovation has served the nation exceptionally well. We changed the paradigm for nuclear weapons design with the Polaris missile; invented stockpile stewardship to assure the safety, security and reliability of the nuclear deterrent without testing; helped stem proliferation and respond to terrorist threats around the world; and, with our colleagues at Los Alamos and Berkeley Lab, initiated the human genome project.

Change is inevitable when any new administration takes over. Since the inauguration, a federal hiring freeze has been ordered; an immigration ban has been implemented, amended and litigated; and a new Nuclear Posture Review has commenced. As we learn more about these and other developments, and their impacts on the Lab, we will be sharing them with you. So far, it's clear that the hiring freeze does not affect the Lab, since we are not federal employees. We've been carefully tracking the immigration ban, and closely monitoring its immediate and potential impacts on employees and visitors. Our Immigration Services Office in the Strategic Human Resources Management (SHRM) Organization is a resource available to staff with questions. Through the Center for Global Security Research, and in other forums, we maintain tight connections to the nuclear policy community.

In addition, the government continues to operate under a continuing resolution (CR) enacted last December, expiring April 28. In other words, FY17 budgets have not yet been established. New budget priorities under consideration by the administration and Congress could impact funding in the current fiscal year through either a follow-on CR or an omnibus appropriation. Also in play is the federal debt limit, which will have to be increased or suspended by March 15, though the Treasury Department has a variety of means available to temporarily finance the government. The Lab will continue to operate in the event of a lapse in appropriations associated with either the CR or the debt limit, since our programs have healthy carry-over funding. On the whole, I expect budget impacts to the Lab this year to be minimal, despite these uncertainties.

Above all, it is important that we continue our important work through this period of change with a commitment to excellence and integrity, safety and security, that are the hallmarks of our Lab.

- Lab Director Bill Goldstein

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

ie: be ready for change

Anonymous said...

Goldstein should know that it is NOT an immigration ban, it's a TEMPORARY immigration suspension from 7 countries on Obama's terrorism list.

Anonymous said...

Just how many visitors to LLNL did Goldstein believe were coming from Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Yemen or Somolia?

Are we sharing centrifuge designs with Iran such that the temporary ban would prove a disruption?

Anonymous said...

At least some of those countries are on the sensitive list. No visitors to the lab from there, not without very high level support that would not be forthcoming. What a ridiculous misleading statement for Goldstein to make.

Anonymous said...

What an incredible waste of time for all LLNL employees. Goldstein has obviously got an advanced case of post election loss delusion. Poor guy.

Anonymous said...

I am starting to think Herr Director is showing symptoms of TDS.

It is starting to remind me of a typical wigged out CNN anchor.

Anonymous said...

Be ready for a another Goldstein letter. According to the news a new temporary Travel Ban is coming next week. As Mr. Goldstein continues to show his colors, he continues to lose face among many employees, sad.

Anonymous said...

February 10, 2017 at 5:44 PM

You are obviously not keeping up, try to pay more attention. There is no "ban" and never was. Stop watching CNN.

Anonymous said...

You are obviously not keeping up, try to pay more attention. There is no "ban" and never was. Stop watching CNN.

February 10, 2017 at 6:32 PM

It is an immigration ban, yet we are a nation of immigrants. This world is going crazy.

Anonymous said...

Bring back Wood and Emmett.

Anonymous said...

8:22 PM is lying. The Executive Order NEVER banned immigration. What it did was temporarily suspend immigration from 7 countries on Obama's terrorism list. For 90 days. This is to give the DHS time to establish what information is needed to properly vet immigrants.

Under Obungle, we were letting people in from countries that sponsor terrorism without knowing anything about their background.

Why are so many liberals lying about this?

Anonymous said...

It is an immigration ban, yet we are a nation of immigrants. This world is going crazy.

February 10, 2017 at 8:22 PM

It is a temporary (90 day) suspension of immigration and granting of visas from 7 countries identified by Congress and President Obama over a year ago as presenting terrorist risks requiring additional vetting of immigrants and visitors. It is not a "ban" in any meaningful sense. Perhaps it is you who are "going crazy."

PS: Ask Native Americans if they are happy we are "a nation of immigrants."

Anonymous said...

Under Obungle, we were letting people in from countries that sponsor terrorism without knowing anything about their background.

Why are so many liberals lying about this?

February 11, 2017 at 8:49 AM

Actually, that's a lie that conservatives are using. Too many lies all around.

Anonymous said...

Another FLAT lie from Snowflake. Obama let in about 10,000 Syrians last year without reliable background information.

Anonymous said...

No thanks to Trump...

Iranian baby with heart defect to undergo surgery soon in Oregon.

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/iranian-baby-with-heart-defect-to-undergo-surgery-soon/article_eb32451d-0bdf-5518-9aa1-73b1c8f63b31.html

Anonymous said...

Obama let in about 10,000 Syrians last year without reliable background information.

February 11, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Prove the "without reliable background information" claim. You can't because it is not true. The whole reason Obama and Congress settled on the 7 countries was to increase vetting above what was already being done. BTW, I am not a "snowflake" (as far as I know I was the first to use that term on this blog). I am a conservative and I am just tired of the lies from both sides who don't care about facts or history or anything but their rabid ideology. Intellectual dishonesty is disgusting and a symptom of the downfall of the United States. Get honest and get talking honestly, or we all doomed. Do it for your kids.

Anonymous said...

You are a liar, Snowflake. Obama issued an order in November, 2015 to admit at least 10,000 Syrians in 2016. Not 10,000 fully vetted immigrants, just 10,000. The 10,000 that were admitted in 2016 DID NOT undergo the standard vetting process. How do we know? 1) Insufficient time; DHS/INS requires 18 to 24 months to vet, many of the names weren't known until after the order, and 2) We could not get trusted information from the immigrant's home country, Syria. For you liberal ignoranuses, Obomber was trying to kill Assad so Syria was not cooperating and could not be trusted in any case.

Want to influence people, Snowflake? Stop lying.

Anonymous said...

Read the article in the Los Angeles Times published on January 25, 2017 entitled "Federal agents are reinvestigating Syrian refugees who may haveven slipped through vetting lapse". It outlines how federal agents were prevented from seeing information adverse to many Syrian refugees in late 2015 through some unspecified time in 2016. Syrians were not fully vetted.

Anonymous said...

Pretty soon you'll see Goldstein walking in Trader Joe's, Santa Fe, NM in his plaid robe and bugs bunny slippers (with a Glock underneath) rolling around two full carts of wine with Mike Anastasio.

Anonymous said...

Bill is not dumb, so you have to wonder what he is doing, publicly spouting crap like this. It sounds like something you'd hear from local Democrat lawmakers, which makes me wonder if he's spouting this crap to please them for some strategic reason. If so, he picked the losing side in a Congress controlled by the other guys. Bad bet.

Anonymous said...

Bill is just checking the boxes.

Pretty obvious to those who have been around the block a time or two.

Anonymous said...

February 11, 2017 at 10:31 PM
February 12, 2017 at 7:12 AM

Please troll somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

February 11, 2017 at 10:31 PM
February 12, 2017 at 7:12 AM

Please troll somewhere else.

February 12, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Yeah, good luck with that. He is on a roll - a true Trumpeter. Never mind that everything he knows is wrong. He has the same level of intelligence as our esteemed Commander in Chief. Yikes.

Anonymous said...

I don't troll, I respond to lies with facts and references. Unlike you liberal parrots who have no facts so you can only deflect and falsely accuse. Like you just did.

Read the article. Learn something. It might whet your appetite to learn a second thing. If you do, then you will know two things.

By the way, I didn't vote for Trump. Can't stand the man. However, Hilliar is clearly worse, she is just another lying liberal so I couldn't vote for her either.

Anonymous said...

" an immigration ban has been implemented, amended and litigated;"

I hope the heck we are not hiring Iranian nationals (Death to America) to work at our National Labs.

Anonymous said...

" since our programs have healthy carry-over funding."

Bastard - not putting money into the Pension Plan are we ?

Anonymous said...

February 12, 2017 at 7:14 PM
As I said, troll somewhere else. This topic has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton.
I am sure Breitbart has many forums, where you can discuss the Syrian refugee article, and people will probably all agree with you. So why come here?
In case you have forgotten, this is about a LLNL and Goldstein (neither of them are from Syria)

Anonymous said...

The post was about Goldstein's message. Remember, Snowflake?

In that message, Goldstein falsely characterized President Trump's Executive Order as an "immigration ban" which it is not. That led to some liberals parroting liberal lies about immigration, the non-ban, Syrians being fully vetted, and other such bullshit. You awful liberals didn't call those liars "trolls", now did you? Nooo. But when someone who doesn't agree with you and your dishonest ilk posts facts, you try to intimidate. How very tolerant of you.

Guess what? Your despicable liberal tactics don't work anymore.

Anonymous said...

February 13, 2017 at 9:06 AM

You really need to get back on your meds. Then wipe the spittle off your keyboard.

Anonymous said...

First, Bill Goldstein sends an email implying that he would protect all undocumented workers at LLNL (who otherwise would have to fear for their own safety and the safety of their family members). Now he is also showing his great concern for the Libyans and Iranians employed there. What's happening at this Lab?!

Anonymous said...

February 13, 2017 at 2:33 PM

We told you to get back on your meds. Once you are on your meds the next time you post something I disagree with I will once again ask you to go on your meds. Now things are problematic since you are already on your meds. Another option is to call you fascist. I could call you a brown shirt but no one knows what that means I will stick with fascist. Good now that is out of the way.

What Bill and the APS are doing is very simple and very useless. It is called "Virtue signalling".

Virtue signalling is the conspicuous expression of moral values by an individual done primarily to enhance their standing within a social group. The term was first used in signalling theory, to describe any behavior that could be used to signal virtue – especially piety among the religious faithful.[1] Since 2015, the term has become more commonly used as a pejorative characterization by commentators to criticize what they regard as the platitudinous, empty, or superficial support of certain political views on social media; and also used within groups to criticize their own members for valuing outward appearance over substantive action.[2][3][4]

Anonymous said...

You are railing against more than one person, at least two and probably more. Of course, you are oblivious. You are losing against everyone you argue with too. They have you surrounded with facts and are squeezing down on you like a boa constrictor suffocates its prey.

Snowflake, you're going to keep getting squeezed with facts until you pop like the big, festering liberal pimple you are.

Anonymous said...

I understand that this "value signaling" is probably just an opportunistic attempt to present himself to the workforce as everybody's protector and savior. What I don't get is that in the process he has implied that the Lab under his leadership has been employing illegal aliens, in blatant violation of federal law, and citizens of the seven countries, which have long been off limits at the NNSA laboratories per DOE policy. If any of this is true, Bill should be in very serious trouble with the FBI.

Anonymous said...

They have you surrounded with facts and are squeezing down on you like a boa constrictor suffocates its prey.

Snowflake, you're going to keep getting squeezed with facts until you pop like the big, festering liberal pimple you are.

February 13, 2017 at 9:03 PM

Back in fairy land?

Anonymous said...

Back in fairy land?

February 14, 2017 at 5:03 AM

You really need to get back on your meds. Then wipe the spittle off your keyboard.

Anonymous said...

February 13, 2017 at 9:49 PM

Bill knows that there are no illegal aliens at LLNL and that we are bringing in new staff members from Yemen next week and that is exactly why he is saying it. It has no meaning but it makes you sound virtuous. It is like saying "At LLNL we will not stand for KKK rallies in the cafeteria". Sounds virtuous but it is meaningless since this is not issue at LLNL. It is a cheap and easy way to score points but only among the totally naive. Why not just come out and say that LLNL stands in solidarity with the human rights of the native people of Antarctica and we can all feel good about how virtuous we are.

Anonymous said...

Follow the money and see where it leads.

Memos such as this have no place in a professional setting and Goldstein should be smart enough to know that. With all the UC news in past weeks that is against any moves the administration makes, the memo might have come from UC. Pattiz or perhaps UCOP was the origin of it. UC President Napalitano or the UCOP lab affairs office of Budil may be calling the shots here and Goldstein is just the mouthpiece.

Either that, or he's lost sense of reality and is headed toward delusion?

Anonymous said...

PS: Ask Native Americans if they are happy we are "a nation of immigrants."
February 11, 2017 at 8:55 AM

Hey, Pal. It all aint' bad. I've seen Dances with Wolves!

Anonymous said...

Ask Native Americans

I agree however I thought most of the modern Native American that we know of
from 1000AD onward killed off earlier groups of native people.

There used to be Clovis people and Dorset people who could make a claim of being the first native Americans but no one speaks for them anymore.

Anonymous said...

"I agree however I thought most of the modern Native American that we know of
from 1000AD onward killed off earlier groups of native people. "

Sometime after 9/11 wife and I were on a trip to Morro Bay, CA, and we saw a tee shirt at an American Indian store which read something like, "American Indians - the First Homeland Security Force".

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a press conference. Manic, like 70s Robin Williams live. Or the President, produced by Stanley Kubrick. ..

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a press conference. Manic, like 70s Robin Williams live. Or the President, produced by Stanley Kubrick. ..

February 17, 2017 at 12:51 AM

Odd, I just watched the press conference on YouTube. He did not seem manic, he did not seem like Robin Williams, and you have very little knowledge of Stanley Kubrick.

To be honest it seemed pretty great. The main point was to attack the MSM which certainly deserves to be attacked.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to take his morning meds?

Anonymous said...


Every single poster on this thread needs to be on serious medication. It is total derangement, craziness and delusion on all sides. Please, please people take your meds.

Anonymous said...

If "every single poster" needs to be on "serious" medication, why then that would include 8:31 AM herself, wouldn't it?

That part sounds about right. When some person thinks everyone else is deranged, the simplest explanation is that person is the only deranged one.

Anonymous said...

Mainstream media are the only people calling it "manic", because they're the people who were and deserved to be attacked. You can tell who listens to MSM and believes what they say, because they start calling it "manic" too.

Anonymous said...

What channel is MSM on?

Anonymous said...

Mainstream media are the only people calling it "manic", because they're the people who were and deserved to be attacked. You can tell who listens to MSM and believes what they say, because they start calling it "manic" too.

February 17, 2017 at 12:28 PM

I did watch it, MSM is calling it manic, however the speech seemed normal to me. So what should I do (1) Believe the MSM and assume I am insane. (2) Assume I am not insane and force myself to believe the MSM. (3) Assume that MSM is incorrect and am sane (4) Ignore this and think about Kim Kardashian and sort just go with the MSM even though I don't really care.

(1) and (4) seem like the best way to go because after all I am part of the 43% of people who did not vote yet I think Trump is Hitler and at the same time not really care. Wow I am am an amazing person!

Anonymous said...

You seem either very young or very naive and maybe bipolar or schizo. In any case, you do not have your shit together enough to be a functioning adult in society. Please get help. You are far from "amazing." What is amazing is that you have somehow survived in a world that, except for California, demands a degree of self-awareness and intellectual stability to ensure your longevity. Good luck with "finding yourself."

Anonymous said...

I just took my morning meds (a good coffee) and I suddenly have this looming question:

What does a press conference have to do with the posted article?

Anonymous said...

February 17, 2017 at 7:39 PM

"You seem either very young or very naive and maybe bipolar or schizo". I think this was actually the point of the poster in that it describes large portion of the current population.

Anonymous said...

Just loved Trump's presser with the MSM (globalist, liberal aka "mainstream" self-absorbed, self-important media). Put the "hammer down" Mr. President !

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous Anonymous said...
Under Obungle, we were letting people in from countries that sponsor terrorism without knowing anything about their background.

Why are so many liberals lying about this?

February 11, 2017 at 8:49 AM"

Where did you get those "alternative facts"? Breitbart? Newsmax? Fox News? So you seriously think that the US was letting immigrants in from the Middle East without any background checks or vetting at all?

Anonymous said...

Oh, leave him alone, he is under Trump's spell and has no thoughts of his own, only what Trump tells him to think. And since Trump doesn't spend any time thinking (what with all the tweeting he has to do), it isn't pretty.

Anonymous said...

"Obungle", "Dimocrats"< "Hilliar"; Oh, aren't you just too clever. Sooooo cute!

Anonymous said...

I guess sour and divisive vindictive words aren't limited to those suffering severe TDS. Too bad. I believe it is time to find our better selves, if they still exist. The road we are on doesn't lead to good things for our country. Wake up, partisan meatheads! It's time to be adults.

Anonymous said...

White people are a disease

Anonymous said...

We must secure an existence for our people, and a future for non-white children

Anonymous said...

"So you seriously think that the US was letting immigrants in from the Middle East without any background checks or vetting at all? "

Didn't the FBI, Homeland Security and CIA directors under Obama all testify that the US could not adequately "vet" most of the refugees from Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, and Iran ? I thought that's what I remember hearing on CNN, not Fox news !

Anonymous said...

It's tin-hat central in these parts.

Anonymous said...

I thought that's what I remember hearing on CNN, not Fox news !

February 22, 2017 at 3:20 AM

Well, there's your mistake.

Anonymous said...

HA HA HA HA!!! LLNL's SHRM is a resource???

Another total joke of a Department, much like Staff Relations.

Neither represents staff or employees...what a disaster...You know who you are.

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