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May 2013

Los Alamos IT Specialist Jerry Massee

Jerry Massee, a member of the Los Alamos Field Office Cyber Security Team, recently earned recognition as New Mexico Federal Employee of the Year by the New Mexico Federal Executive Board.

Massee provides oversight of the Information Technology and Records Management programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The two programs account for $250-$300 million of the lab’s $2.1 billion annual budget. As the local interface with NNSA’s Headquarters IT office, Massee spearheaded discussions with the Department of Energy regarding the impact that changes in IT requirements would have on LANL. The dialogue resulted in an alternative solution that saved the lab several million dollars and minimized adverse impacts to major software upgrades. The solution also led to significant savings for other contractors across the NNSA enterprise.

More than 100 Pantexans attended the annual Armed Forces Day Celebration at Pantex Wednesday. For more than 15 years, Pantex has hosted a lunch and ceremony to honor those who fought to keep our country free. This year, the Pantex Fire Department Honor Guard presented the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem.

More than 700 Pantexans are veterans of the armed forces.

About the photo (top left):
Victoria Hofeldt, Petty Officer, Second Class, U.S. Navy, speaks at the annual Pantex Armed Forces Day Celebration. Hofeldt, who is married to a Pantexan, was the guest speaker and was on hand to speak about the importance of supporting our military personnel. Seated next to Hofeldt is Pantexan and retired U.S. Navy Commander Dave Butler.

Pantex celebrates Armed Forces Day

Participants in the 10-month Leadership Amarillo and Canyon program recently visited Pantex. During the visit, the participants viewed a security weapon display, toured the Firing Site and experienced the Visitor’s Center. They also received an overview on the history of Pantex. Because Pantex tours are not open to the public, the visit was a unique opportunity to learn about one of the top three employers in Amarillo.

The program is designed to introduce leadership development, networking, community awareness and social consciousness to those who want to make a difference in their community.

Pantex hosts community leaders

Sandia Field Office receives Technical Qualification Program accreditation

The Sandia Field Office has been recognized for receiving Technical Qualification Program (TQP) reaccreditation from the Department of Energy. Just four DOE sites have ever obtained TQP accreditation and all are part of NNSA.

NNSA Acting Administrator Neile Miller congratulated SFO in achieving reaccreditation of their TQP and on their commitment to a competent federal workforce.

A multidisciplinary team from DOE conducted the TQP review at SFO last December. An accreditation board, convened by Patricia Worthington by unanimous decision, recommended to DOE Deputy Secretary that he grant TQP reaccreditation to SFO. The memo was approved and signed by the Deputy Secretary on April 8, 2013.

A DOE order requires organizations to conduct periodic self-assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of their TQP. Accreditation is voluntary, goes above and beyond requirements and demonstrates that the site has an effective program in place. Accreditation is valid for four years.

About the photo:
Geoff Beausoleil, NNSA Sandia Field Office Manager, recently accepted an award on behalf of the NNSA Sandia Field Office (SFO) in recognition for the Accreditation of the SFO Technical Qualification Program (TQP). The award was presented by NNSA Acting Administrator Neile Miller and Patricia Worthington, Director of the Office of Health and Safety, Office of Health, Safety and Security.

NATO delegates toured Sandia National Laboratories during a recent three-day visit highlighting the labs’ programs that support extended deterrence to U.S. allies, as well as broader national security programs ranging from homeland security to preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The visitors included more than 50 representatives from 23 European countries, along with officials from the Department of Defense, NNSA, the State Department and other U.S. government agencies.

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Sandia hosts NATO visitors

It’s a balance between simplicity of design and robustness for the job. The seals and enclosures being developed by NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security (NIS) and scientific experts employ technologies to safeguard and secure nuclear materials, weapons or components from diversion, theft, or sabotage – tasks critical to support arms control treaties. Yet these technologies must also be simple to use, provide clear indications of tampering, be suitable and safe for deployment in hostile environments, and not include covert or proprietary features.

Reflective Particle Tag technology; developed for START

That’s a tall order, but experts at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and their colleagues in the U.K. are striving to learn what is possible and workable for future arms control treaties that involve the monitoring of nuclear weapons dismantlement. In a bilateral treaty, the monitoring party must rely upon these technologies to confirm that the treaty provisions are being met. In turn, the host must certify that seals and enclosures meet the provisions of the treaty, while protecting sensitive information.

In a dismantlement facility where the host has the opportunity for free access to the monitoring equipment, seals and enclosures can be used to deter unauthorized access to or tampering with the equipment. For the sake of nuclear facility safety and security, monitors may have constraints on the equipment they can bring in for authentication purposes. So the simpler the designs for tamper-indicating seals and enclosures are, the easier they are to authenticate and inspect.

When implemented in tamper-indicating devices, simple designs and defense in depth are concepts that enable treaty partners to safeguard and secure their nuclear items and associated monitoring equipment. NIS’s Office of Nuclear Verification continues to support the development of these technologies as part of its contribution to the U.S. nonproliferation and verification agenda.

Future Leaders Program participants present accomplishments

The 2011 NNSA Future Leaders Program (FLP) participants were honored this week for completing their two-year program at NNSA. Each graduating FLP participant gave a presentation on his or her accomplishments throughout the program.

The objective of the program was to help develop subject matter experts in wide variety of disciplines to ultimately manage programs and projects within NNSA, including managing national defense weapons-related programs at both nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. The program helped strengthen participants' technical knowledge to apply theory to real world problems in actual work situations.

Kansas City Field Office moves to new National Security Campus

On Monday, the Kansas City Field Office will relocate to the new National Security Campus. Some federal staff will report to the Bannister Federal Complex in a "hoteling" situation to oversee remaining operations and other required duties as needed. The move, which began in January 2013, is expected to take until August 2014 to complete for the entire Kansas City Plant. During that time, the Kansas City Plant will operate at both sites in order to maintain the production schedule.

The address at the National Security Campus is 14520 Botts Road, Kansas City, MO 64147. In addition, the prefix for phone numbers will change from 997 to 488. The 816 area code is the same. To mail a letter, address it to the Kansas City Field Office or Honeywell FM&T, as appropriate.

About the photo:
Kansas City Field Office staffers line up on the steps of the Bannister Federal Complex, a place most have worked for many years. Another group photo will be taken after they arrive at the new National Security Campus. The staffers are changing their commute each morning to drive to a new building eight miles south of the current facility.

Brig. Gen. Dawkins visits Sandia

NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins visited Sandia National Laboratories yesterday. During his visit he toured the Z Pulsed Power Facility, also known as the Z machine, which is part of the pulsed power sciences program at Sandia. Pulsed power is a technology that concentrates electrical energy and turns it into short pulses of enormous power, which are then used to generate X-rays. The Z machine is a major tool in the development of Sandia’s weapons effects, weapons physics, and fusion technologies, all of which make invaluable contributions to science, national security and fusion energy research.

About the photo (L-R):
Heather Trumble, Defense Programs Liaison, Sandia Field Office; Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application; Keith Matzen, Director, Pulsed Power Sciences Center, Sandia; and Mark Herrmann, Senior Manager, High Energy Density Science, Sandia.

NNSA Acting Administrator Neile Miller, Associate Deputy Administrator for Fissile Materials Disposition Peter Hanlon and Senior Advisor for Environmental Management Dave Huizenga today hosted the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) leadership group for a meeting. The CSRA is comprised of the business, civic, and elected leaders representing the South Carolina and Georgia communities surrounding the Savannah River Site (SRS).

Acting Administrator Miller provided insight into NNSA’s and EM’s fiscal year 2014 budget formulation process and explained how national security and environmental management priorities were examined across the Department. She reaffirmed the NNSA’s commitment to the missions of surplus plutonium disposition and environmental management and to upholding its commitments to its international and intergovernmental partners. 

NNSA, EM host Central Savannah River Area Leadership Group