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Below is how the latest "Budget Concerns" was worded to us here in Livermore ... Dr. Miller had his All Hands and we did NOT learn anything over and above what is outlined in the e-mail ...
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 13:41:04 -0700
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Subject: FY 2008 budget concerns
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E-line: Miller outlines NNSA administrator's concerns about FY 2008 budget
As you know, the process for developing and initializing the Laboratory's budget is long and complicated, involving many steps in the Executive and Congressional branches of government. There are multiple committees in both the House and Senate that must come to agreement and the President must sign the bill before the process is finished. This process naturally leads to uncertainties as the appropriations cycle unfolds.
Last night I received a note from NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino expressing his concerns about the uncertainties associated with the fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget and the potential for a Continuing Resolution (CR) scenario in FY08.
Tom's note, which went to all sites, said:
This means that for every budget account, we have to plan for an operation that may be the lower of the House and Senate marks in each area, as prior continuing resolutions have imposed a similar requirement to operate in this fashion pending enactment of a budget.
Since we have no ability to estimate how long we may have to operate under these conditions, we have to anticipate that it will be for an extended period of time. This situation unfortunately will cause some significant impacts to our sites' operating budgets and could affect our workforce. In addition, at a few of our sites, even if the impacts of a continuing resolution are avoided, changes to missions and work for other programs will likely cause workforce impacts in FY 2008.
The specific "worst case" budget guidance for LLNL from NNSA Defense Programs reflects an approximately $150M reduction relative to the President's FY 2008 budget request. This reduction coupled with potential declines in other NNSA, DOE and WFO programs and increased costs due to the new contract could potentially result in more than a 20 percent impact on the Laboratory - well outside the Laboratory's normal flexibility for dealing with budget uncertainties.
In addition to informing you of Administrator D'Agostino's concerns, we have been directed, along with other NNSA contractors, to actively collect information and prepare documents necessary to meet the legal requirements associated with 'workforce restructuring' (workforce restructuring is governed by 50 U.S.C. § 2704, often referred to as Section 3161 of Public Law 102-484, the WARN Act, collective bargaining agreements, and contracts). This action is being taken as a planning contingency due to the budget uncertainties.
Over the last five years we have had several occasions when we have had Continuing Resolutions. It will likely occur again this year. CRs can last a couple of weeks, a couple of months, or as in FY 2007, all year. None of the previous ones have resulted in impacts this large. We will continue to assess the potential workforce impacts of an extended FY 2008 Continuing Resolution and update those assessments as more information becomes available.
Be assured that Laboratory senior management is working diligently with the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, members of Congress to resolve these issues and uncertainties.
I realize that this news comes at a time when we all have important decisions to make with respect to the new operating contract for the Laboratory. While the final information for FY 2008 may not be known for some time, I will keep you informed with the most accurate information available as quickly as possible.
There will be an all-hands meeting this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 123 auditorium to discuss this issue further.
George H. Miller, Director