I’d heard multiple reports about an unusual number of departures this month from Consolidated Nuclear Security, the contractor that took over management of Y-12 (and Pantex) in July. So I asked Jason Bohne, the communications director for CNS, about the number of people leaving the Y-12 payroll and if it was unusual.
Initially, he told me it was about 40 (rather than the 400 or so that I’d heard), and then he followed up with some additional details about the comings and goings in December — including the Uranium Processing Facility project employees who are shifting from CNS to Bechtel — and even earlier personnel movements at Y-12.
Here’s what he said via email:
“Approximately 48 employees chose to retire from Y-12 during December. Retirements for the year are up slightly from previous years, at right around 210. Another 105 took advantage of the Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) that was implemented before transition; the VSP provided an incentive for employees to choose to separate from Y-12.
“Over the year we’ve also had more than 220 new hires across Y-12, including roughly 40 who transferred here with CNS after July 1. Roughly 180 employees are in the process of moving from CNS to Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI), as part of the transition of UPF engineering, procurement, and construction work to a subcontract with BNI. Those employees will continue to do their same jobs, in the same locations, but will now work for BNI under the subcontract.”
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