Yesterday we carried out the first phase of the involuntary separation. This affects a total of 16 employees from across the laboratory. We anticipate a second, smaller phase in 2012 that will affect the Computing Sector, which was excluded from this phase due to ongoing restructuring. This action follows the voluntary separation program that was completed at the beginning of October.
The involuntary separation is necessary in order to meet budget constraints and to best match skills to the current and future scientific programs. The number of staff members who were involuntarily separated is smaller than we anticipated some months ago due to several factors, including voluntary resignations, attrition and increased project needs.
It is my hope that no additional actions will be necessary for some time to come. However, as you all know the federal budget climate is uncertain. I will keep you updated about the status of the laboratory’s budget for this and coming years. In the meantime, if you have questions about the involuntary separation, please contact laboratory management.