From Livermore to Y-12

In an interview earlier this month with top officials from Consolidated Nuclear Security and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Production Office, I asked about the potential transfer of employees between Y-12 and Pantex — both now managed by CNS. CNS President Jim Haynes said that might be a good way for people to broaden their careers and also a way to leverage the things that each site does best.

Anyway, I asked specifically if there was a chance of moving security personnel between the sites. There was some movement in security leadership in the follow-up to the July 2012 security breach at Y-12, and it was also noted that a group of security police officers at Lawrence Livermore who were on the verge of being released at the lab were brought to Y-12 to help fill a staffing gap in Oak Ridge.

I was unfamiliar with the transfer of guards from Livermore and so I asked for details. In a follow-up response, NNSA spokeswoman Rebekah Nwangwa said:

“Y-12 hired 25 Lawrence Livermore National Lab security police officers in early 2013. These SPOs faced possible personnel reductions at LLNL, and Y-12 was able to retain trained personnel with active security clearances.”

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