McMillan testifies on Capitol Hill -- updated with written testimony

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Lab > Director appears before Senate Armed Forces subcommittee

Good afternoon Chairman Udall, Ranking Member Sessions, and the members of the Subcommittee. My name is Charles McMillan and I am the Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). I appreciate the opportunity to be here today to discuss the challenges facing the nuclear weapons enterprise today.

Since I was last before you, Los Alamos has had to take steps, like the rest of the federal government, to deal with the consequences of declining budgets followed by sequestration. Although we have not yet had to furlough any of our permanent workforce this year, we are currently taking actions to constrain procurements and shrink the size of the subcontractor workforce. The sequester cuts resulted in roughly $130 million in program reductions across the Laboratory.

This cut is on top of the roughly $450 million in reductions we have absorbed over the last two fiscal years. A little over a year ago, the Laboratory employed about 11,800 scientists, engineers, other professionals, and contractor partners. Today we are at 10,300.

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