I hope that you all post the latest article from C&E news (from the June 30, 2008 issue) entitled "Numbers Shrink at Weapons Labs". To quote Kevin Roark, a Los Alamos spokesperson..."These reductions (the VSP), along with normal attrition, meant that we did not have to resort to a layoff", and continues, "we are not going to do a separation program again and that Los Alamos is managing its workforce through normal attrition and strategic hiring". Does Kevin understand how Los Alamos get's its budget? Does Kevin understand that things in the future will be very different than in the past? Does Kevin understand that as a nation, we have a nine trillion dollar deficit? And does Kevin understand recession?
Since Gussie left, "you all" is just me. I've offered to double his salary but he just laughs! Anyway, I can't answer for Kevin. Perhaps he'll drop by and leave a comment for you.
PS Thanks for sending links to the articles you mentioned!
Numbers Shrink At Weapons Labs - June 30, 2008
DOE Warns Of lab Layoffs - July 7, 2008