Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan kept coming back to one word when describing the year that was to a group of community leaders at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Tuesday.
McMillan said the lab finished 2012 with $383 million less in funding than 2011. The 2011 reductions include $183 million for operations and maintenance and $200 million for construction.
In addition, McMillan said the lab finished 2012 with 1,295 fewer employees than in the previous year.
“We are now at our lowest numbers since 2001,” McMillan said in reference to headcount at the lab.
Of the 1,295 employees that left the lab, 557 departed under the voluntary separation program in the spring. McMillan said other the other numbers could be attributed to contactor cuts, normal attrition and slightly fewer students.
In total, there are 10,400 employees at the lab with 7,000 of them classified as regular LANS employees.
McMillan said procurements are down by close to $200 million from FY 11. In September of last year, the lab racked up $894 million in procurements compared to $696 million this year.
“2012 was very challenging for us financially,” McMillan said.
But he said the efforts to control costs have been successful.