Jan 3, 2008
Doing WFO homework
Somebody in the U.S. House of Reps is doing a little background digging into the WFO situation at LANL. Perhaps Udall's office is belatedly checking out the feasibility of the rather puzzling suggestion that Udall made to Anastasio last month, indicating that LANL needed to diversify itself into areas of alternate energy research. I hope whichever House minion was reading the blog this morning didn't miss this post: Energy lab looking at bright future.
I still wonder what the hell Udall was thinking when he publicly told Bill Dupuy of KSFR News that he, Udall, would "hold Anastasio accountable for diversifying the lab". Was he, as others have suggested, simply laying the groundwork for being able say a year from now, "I told LANL they needed to diversify," when LANL's FY'09 NNSA budget takes another big hit?
Or was he ignorant of NNSA's new rules about what kinds of WFO they will allow at their NNSA labs. Does Udall have a clue about how impossible it is to recruit WFO at today's exorbitant LANL FTE rates, even if NNSA would allow it? Does he know what LANL's current FTE rates are, and how they compare to what they were before LANS was handed the contract?
And what about the fact that a National Renewable Energy Laboratory already exists?
Udall makes no sense to me on the issue of WFO at LANL.