Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Pantex manager to 'temp' at Los Alamos
Dan Glenn: Temporarily moved to Los Alamos
By Jim McBride, Amarillo Globe News
Pantex Site Office Manager Dan Glenn will temporarily take the helm as manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Los Alamos Site Office while NNSA officials conduct a nationwide search for a new manager there.
Ed Wilmot, the current manager of the Los Alamos Site Office, is leaving the site to work with George Allen, director of NNSA's Office of Transformation, an agency that will oversee transformation and modernization of the nation's nuclear weapons complex by 2030, Thomas P. D'Agostino, NNSA's deputy administrator for Defense Programs, said in a memo to NNSA personnel.
Wilmot will coordinate activities associated with developing facilities' infrastructure throughout the weapons complex and work to establish consistent business practices across the nation's weapons production plants and laboratories, the memo said.
Wilmot has managed the Los Alamos office, which oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory, since 2004.
He previously was the site office manager at Savannah River in South Carolina and worked at Energy Department headquarters as a deputy in the Office of the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application and Stockpile Operations.
D'Agostino named Glenn to serve as the acting manager for Los Alamos until the agency finds a permanent replacement. Glenn previously served as senior scientific and technical adviser at Los Alamos.
"He will select a team of senior managers to temporarily augment the current LASO management team," D'Agostino's memo said.
D'Agostino also has tapped Steve Erhart, Pantex's senior scientific and technical adviser, to serve as acting Pantex Site Office manager until Glenn's return.
Brenda Finley, a Pantex spokeswoman, said Glenn was out of the office Monday for the federal holiday, but assured his staff he will return to Pantex when the temporary assignment is completed.
D'Agostino, who plans to visit Los Alamos later this month, recently was tapped to take over as NNSA administrator after Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman sought NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks' resignation in the wake of a recent "security breach" at Los Alamos and other management issues.
Brooks was reprimanded in June for failing to report to Bodman the theft of computer files at an NNSA facility in Albuquerque, N.M., including Social Security numbers and other personal data for 1,500 employees.
Personal data for about 180 Pantex workers' personal information also was stolen when a computer hacker broke into an unclassified computer network.
In October, classified weapons documents from Los Alamos National Laboratory were uncovered during a raid at the home of a lab employee.
Even the most blind LANL staff member must be starting to see the writing on the wall.