Thursday, March 01, 2007
First LANL, Next LLNL, and Now Sandia?
From: Hunter, Tom
It is essential in all cases that Sandians adhere to the principle of putting the nation first. I firmly believe Sandia must always conduct its work lawfully, with appropriate authorizations, and when people step beyond clear boundaries we must act responsibly. In fact, living and acting upon our values are of the utmost importance to our continuing to have the opportunity to provide exceptional service to the nation. I and the management team are committed to these values in all we do and every decision we make.
In my career at Sandia, I have come to know Sandia as a place of exemplary character and values, earned through the exceptional conduct of its employees and the significant contributions you have all made to national security. Our values are not new. For more than 60 years, service to the nation, excellence in our conduct and work, respect for each other, integrity, and teamwork have shaped our decisions at Sandia.
In closing, I ask that each of you take a moment and reflect on the exceptional service that you render in the national interest. I have a deep respect for our employees and this organization, the values we stand for, and the commitment we all have to our mission. Our contributions, both individually and collectively, are critically important to our nation’s security.
The most recent Sandia Lab News, an internal publication, did not contain one line of print about the Carpenter case. Staff in my office were both amazed and suspicious that management did not make an effort to address this. Platitudes about "we are disappointed with the verdict" and "putting the nation first" do nothing whatsoever to reassure employees that they will not be subjected to treatment similar to that apparently received by this former employee.
If a senior Sandia manager used terms such as "decapitate" and "bloody" in an interview with an employee, it is unconscionable that he is not held to the same standards that are preached in these emails. From my perspective, it is obvious that Sandia handled the termination of this employee unfairly. It seems ludicrous that Carpenter would currently hold a top secret security clearance at the State Dept. and be the lawbreaking criminal that management keeps implying in these communications to employees. Sandia employees are not ignorant, and do read publications other than those produced within Sandia.
It is apparent that the Sandia leadership did not learn anything from the events several years ago that led to the Bay Report. Despite the fact that Sandia has a huge influence on the local community, a jury of local citizens found Sandia liable, and doubled the punitive damages in their verdict to send a message. These very public situations are tough for current employees to deal with. To be frank, it is embarrassing when the topic comes up in conversations with non-Sandians.
Good leaders take responsibility for their shortcomings, acknowledge them, and then move forward to implement solutions to improve the organization. Sandia leadership continues to erode employee confidence with their meaningless emails and state of denial. Dr. Hunter needs to step up to the plate to regain his credibility within the Sandia community - preferably before employee confidence is totally gone.
The proposition that morale is poor within the Sandia workforce is completely false. Morale is as high as it has ever been, and employees continue to contribute to important scientific endeavors and national security programs.
The legal system has spoken on this issue and found SNL management severely lacking in both ethical and legal good judgement. It's amazing to me that DOE/NNSA has apparently decided to leave a true butt-head like Mr. Hunter in his current position.
This is just another example of what workers at NNSA labs can expect in the future. Learn to enjoy eating shit, because you're going to be served up plenty of hot, heaping mounds of it.
"The Sandia managment took the proper actions, as they should have"
So why did they lose a 4M case and does Carpenter has a great job now?
Also about morale being high in Sandia, that is total bs. I do not know who the hell you are but get a clue. By the way ask somebody if they would rather be in Sandia or
LANL. LANL would win any day.
You are either an outright lier or somebody with an ax to grind over some personal grievance with your Sandia management. You do not speak for anybody else.
Los Alamos is the worst!
No, Sandia is way worse!
Oh, no! Livermore is the ultimate in bad!
Guys ... Gals ...
Can't we just get along?
Doesn't anybody see the pattern here?
Privatization by an incompetent NNSA/DOE is the common thread of corruption. Too bad Congress is so corrupt and incompetent; they can just barely whiff the odor coming from the White House end of town (DC). But then the whole town is flooded by the nose-high sewage of slimy corporate money.
--Pat, the Dog whose sniffer is overwhelmed.