SRS announces work force change

Monday, July 8, 2013 4:35 PM
Last updated 7:46 PM
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The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing a “workforce restructuring plan” designed to lessen the impact of potential layoffs to Savannah River Site contractor employees and the surrounding community.
Under the plan, the department would provide varying levels of assistance to displaced workers, including voluntary and involuntary separation programs; policies for retraining and rehiring; and outplacement services to help workers find new jobs.

The number of workers at the site has varied from year to year based on funding, missions and other factors, and the largest contractors are Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation and security provider Wackenhut Services.

Although unrelated to the new restructuring plan, the threat of layoffs has also loomed for workers at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s mixed oxide fuel facility, where surplus plutonium would be blended into commercial reactor fuel.

Congress is reviewing the administration’s proposal to scale back work on the project, which is 60 percent complete, while less expensive options are studied.

If proposed cuts are adopted, workforce reductions could be necessary within Shaw Areva MOX Services, the contractor on the MOX project, which has about 2,100 employees at the site.

The Savannah River Site Workforce Restructuring Plan will be completed at the end of the public comment period and after comments have been resolved, DOE said in a news release Monday.

Comments will be accepted until July 22 and can be sent to:

Joe Da Via, Contract Industrial Relations Specialist, U.S. Department of Ener­gy Savannah River Operations Office, Office of Acquisition Man­age­ment, P.O. Box A, Aiken, SC 29802-0000; or e-mailed to

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rmwhitley 07/08/13 - 06:18 pm
obama is

a death knell for the private sector but obviously he's not satisfied with his dismantling of the South.

soapy_725 07/08/13 - 08:02 pm
Restructuring, an ongoing bomb plant project. Moving bodies.

Restructuring, an ongoing bomb plant project. Moving bodies.

wildman 07/09/13 - 05:03 am

DOE is clueless on how to manage workforce restructuring. Will the folks in DC ever learn to manage anything? They have DOE-EM and NNSA, both have had their share of problems. Two programs cost twice as much. Not much thought to figure that one out.

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SCEagle Eye 07/09/13 - 06:55 am
get rid of NNSA

I agree that by creating the NNSA that oversight problems increased. Just look at the mismanagement of the MOX plant - it was allowed to continue with an unlimited budget and almost no oversight while the threats grew to the EM budget. The excuse was always that MOX was out of EM control and off limits. The MOX boondoggle is a perfect justification for getting rid of NNSA, which has acted as if it didn't have to meet basic accounting and management standards.

grinder48 07/09/13 - 08:00 am

To all you people who voted for Obama ... thanks! Well, at least he can take his family on vacation in Africa to the tune of 100 million dollars.

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