Sunday, January 28, 2007
"Management" History at Los Alamos
Now, with Bechtel in charge, things are much, much better. And much more efficient, too. We hear that safety, security, and business practices are running much more smoothly: Incidents have been reduced a mandated 30%, so as to fulfill the RFP and maintain the $79M/year management fee for the Limited Liability Corporation. (However, there have been unsubstantiated rumors to the effect that upper management has interfered with reporting procedures. We will keep you, Dear Readers, informed of any new developments we hear about prior to the upcoming Congressional Hearings.)
--Pat, the ever-watchful Dog
And just in time for the Congressional hearings, too.
Let me see if I've got this straight: LANS was going to improve safety and security at LANL, all the while bringing costs down, right?
Time to start thinking about a plan "B".
The part about "how good the new LANS management team is doing" at LANL was sarcasm.
Here, let me spell it out for you:
Main Entry: sar·casm
Etymology: French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwar&s- to cut
1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
2 a : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b : the use or language of sarcasm
synonym see WIT
-Pat, The Sarcastic Dog
(Disclaimer: that was more sarcasm, in case the above was too subtle).
* A handful of people at KSL were fired for daring to be involved in accidents on the job.
* An upper-level manager snuck some classified out, but of course, he was SO HIGH in the management chain that he was ABOVE the rules.
Cover-ups (a.k.a. sweepings of dirt under the rug) are rampant at LANL. Even more rampant than ever before.
"Mr. D'Agostino, you don't really plan on giving the LLNL contract to UC/Bechtel, yet again, do you? If so, we'll be meeting with you again, you can rest assured, shortly after the contract is awarded. And take note. It will be a most unpleasant meeting."
To any House members who may scout out this blog -- yes, there are lots of whiners and complainers on this blog. It is also a precious source of information about what is taking place inside the labs that you won't get from any other source.
Use some judicious filtering and take note of what you see. Many of us are like you. We do not like UC running our labs. We are greatly upset that UC got the LANL contract. We see a NNSA that is badly broken. We want our management to improve. We want to work in a place that is not dysfunctional. It's not working out well at LANL. Please help us, and don't hurt the hard working staff who are hoping for a better lab. We are not all cowboys and butt-heads, and most of us deeply love this country and love doing science that helps strengthen our national security. Don't give up on us just yet. Please be careful with your words. Direct them at those who are truly at fault, and avoid belittling comments directed against the whole workforce and against the vital work that we do to help this country.
And one more thing. Yes, you do need a Los Alamos -- a well functioning Los Alamos.