LISC seeks feedback from LANL employees

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By John Severance

In the past three weeks, LANL employees have submitted more than 200 cost-saving ideas to the Laboratory Integrated Stewardship Council (LISC) through a direct email address and a blog on the lab’s internal website.
Submitted ideas went through a screening and scoring process aimed at finding everything from “low-hanging fruit” (easy to implement, high potential savings) to longer term, more complicated projects. And some of those ideas were submitted anonymously.
Other criteria included the ability to measure the savings, the impact of implementation, and whether the idea presents any compliance issues with safety, environmental, labor, or other regulations.
Meanwhile, a LISC subcommittee has met three times and came up with the following recommendations:
• Reviewed and captured suggestions received from Laboratory employees on cost savings and improved productivity.
• Developed criteria to rank the feasibility of implementation of these suggestions.
• Brought recommendations to the LISC for approval to implement.
• Identified leads for implementation of approved projects and recommendations.
• Tracked progress and helped break down barriers for implementation.
• Developed and implemented communications for both the LISC and the workforce regarding the initiative.
Last month, the LISC, which is trying to make financial decisions in order to achieve $200 million in savings across the lab, announced it would not be mandating specific cuts to the number of students or require a specific cost reduction to student programs.
The LISC also announced that the standards have been raised for students, who are interested in working at the lab. The lab is now requiring a slightly higher grade-point average.
Lab director Charlie McMillan established the LISC in December. Rich Marquez, who reports to McMillan as part of the senior management team at the lab, leads the LISC, which includes Terry Wallace of Global Security (PADGS), Bret Knapp of Weapons Programs (PADWP), Carl Beard of Operations and Business (PADOPS), Alan Bishop of Science, Technology, and Engineering (PADSTE), and Paul Henry of Capital Projects (PADCAP).