Los Alamos National Security receives bad marks for management, environmental work[Read the full story here.]
Sue Vorenberg | The New Mexican
From Doug Roberts' point of view as a former 20-year-employee at LANL, the 13 grades make LANS's big brother, the University of California, which ran the lab until mid-2006, look downright stellar, he said.
Roberts ran a blog from December 2004 to June 2006 called lanl-the-real-story.blogspot.com, which chronicled problems and issues while the lab's contract went through the bidding process.
"I'd say, based on the report, that LANS is doing a worse job up there than UC was doing," Roberts said. "And UC had a long list of operational problems."
Some of UC's problems were reports of missing computer disks, later to be attributed to an accounting error, a laser-related injury to an intern and other security leaks, Roberts said.
Roberts said he's still somewhat mystified as to why LANS, which includes UC as a partner, along with Bechtel, BWX Technologies and Washington Group International, was awarded the lab's seven-year operations contract that started in 2006, rather than Lockheed Martin Corp.
"It seems to me that Lockheed Martin would have been a better choice," Roberts said, noting that company's relatively clean record for safety and security while running Sandia National Laboratories. "It sounds like most of the problems from UC have remained, and that LANS has even created some new ones."
Doug runs another blog these days, one devoted to a much happier subject material than that of the original LTRS. You can visit it here.