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LANL Gets Go-Ahead for Workforce Reduction Plan

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The National Nuclear Security Administration approved the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s plan for a voluntary separation program Wednesday.

Lab director Charlie McMillan has called an all-hands employee meeting for 1:30 today to discuss the specifics of the plan.

Last week, McMillan announced plans for a reduction in the workforce by between 400 and 800 employees through a voluntary separation program.

“We are taking these actions now in an attempt to reduce the risks of involuntary layoffs,” McMillan said. “When combined with a suppressed attrition rate for the past three years, our current budget and future outlook require significant cost-cutting. The plan we’re submitting will position the lab to continue executing our missions today and in the future.”

In the meeting with employees, McMillan said a combination of factors led to the proposed action:

• The lab’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget is more than $300 million lower than 2011-- $2.2 billion versus $2.55 billion.

• Future budgets are expected to be flat or lower.

 “With a smaller workforce possessing the essential skills, we will be better positioned to deliver on current and future national security commitments. Allowing employees to apply for voluntary separation is a prudent step,” McMillan said.

Check back for more details at they become available.