By Steve Sandoval
July 26, 2007
Wall-to-wall inventory a success
It's official. The Laboratory's 2007 wall-to-wall inventory was deemed a success by the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The Laboratory received an "outstanding" rating from NNSA for its recently completed wall-to-wall inventory. The inventory was completed two months ahead of schedule and with no security violations or safety incidents, said John Tapia of Property Management (ASM-PM), the Lab's property manager.
"The successful completion of the fiscal year 2007 wall-to-wall inventory in record time demonstrates the Laboratory and its employees' commitment to protecting and accounting for the government property that is assigned to them," he said.
According to Tapia, the Laboratory had a 99.8 percent success rate in accounting for controlled personal property--a figure that was validated by NNSA. The Lab's goal--and its contractual requirement to NNSA--was 99.5 percent of its $1.1 billion of controlled property.
"Every Laboratory employee who has controlled personal property played a part in the success of our wall-to-wall inventory," said Acquisition Services Management (ASM) Division Leader Kevin Chalmers. "This Labwide commitment also demonstrates that the Laboratory takes seriously its property accountability responsibilities."
Completion of a wall-to-wall inventory every three years is required in the Los Alamos National Security, LLC management and operations contract. The inventory began January 2, and some 77,000-plus items are part of the baseline of items for inventory.
A large percentage of the property was inventoried from January through March. In May, property administrators began focusing their attention on their assigned organization's holdings. Property administrators contacted custodians that had unaccounted for items, Tapia explained.
The National Nuclear Security Administration validated the Lab's wall-to-wall inventory last week and also briefed the NNSA Los Alamos Site Office, said Tapia. He added that the Laboratory now will complete an internal validation, ensure that all documentation is submitted to NNSA, and attempt to find any unlocated items.
"Any additional items that we locate only improve our score," he said.
There must be a list of the 154 unaccounted for items. Perhaps someone could email us that list so our readers could help locate the additional items.