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SRS Wackenhut to furlough 270 on Monday

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 4:37 PM
Last updated Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 2:44 AM
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Savannah River Site’s security contractor, Wackenhut Services Inc., will furlough 270 of its 700-person workforce effective Monday.

The furloughs will remain intact until progress is made in resolving the budget impasse in Washington.

“The Department of Energy directed the company to ramp down operations to perform only those activities necessary to protect DOE security interests at the site based on the current reduction of site operations,” a site spokesman said in a statement Friday.

Wackenhut employees needed to protect security interests and operations at the nuclear site will not be furloughed, officials said.

Impacts of the furloughs include closure of some access points.

In a communication to employees, officials said barricade 8 (Road 2 and Highway 125) and Barricade 10 (Road 1 and 1A, Augusta side) will be closed at midnight on Sunday and remain closed until further notice.

Employees should plan on using alternate barricades during this period, officials said.

Wackenhut is the second major employer at the site to furlough workers.

On Oct. 3, liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation furloughed about 1,400 of its workers, leaving just 360 employees to oversee programs that include managing high-level radioactive waste in underground storage tanks.

Savannah River Site’s largest contractor, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, notified employees this week that carryover funding should maintain the workforce until late October, after which furloughs and other steps could be necessary if the budget stalemate isn’t resolved.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/11/13 - 06:18 pm
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WOW ! That Many People that are considered non-essential?

to guard SRP / SRS?

I hate to see anyone furloughed.

But the shutdown is becoming revealing and enlightening, as too how many people the US Government hires and/or employs that it considers unnecessary to actually do the job.

According to the Office of Personnel Management 10 percent of all Federal workers and Contractor personnel are “non-essential"

According to a recent Department of Education furlough, 95 percent were deemed “non-essential” during the government shutdown and furloughed.

For the current list by percentage for each department see:

http://cdn.govexec.com/media/gbc/docs/pdfs_edit/100113furloughupdate3.png

The percentages deemed “non-essential” during the government shutdown and furloughed is unbelievable. Some running as high 99%. Yes 99%... 18 departments of 25 will furlough 50% to 99% and 7
departments will furlough 4% to 43%

900,000 staff are considered “non-essential", unnecessary,
irrelevant, or dispensable by the Federal Government.

QUOTING SW - a Blogger who clearly articulated the issue.

"A bloated bureaucracy full of duplication, fraud, waste, and political hacks. Besides the fact that adding government jobs increases the deficit and the national debt, additional taxes for additional government jobs just takes money from from people with real jobs that actually add value to the economy producing things that people want and value, and gives that money to people in government that add no value to the economy. The government produces nothing that anyone wants to buy. No value added. Government workers receiving taxpayer money is the same as welfare recipients receiving taxpayer money. Take money from those with real value added jobs and give it to people that add no value to the economy. You have no clue as to why the military has a hiring freeze since January. It is because the Democrats and Republican gang of 12 (I think it was 12) could not agree on a budget which forced the SEQUESTER. $100 billion to be cut from discretionary government spending and $100 billion cut from the military. The sense to plan ahead was in the Tea Party Republicans realizing that the only way to bring the out of control spending by the Democrats under control is to force them. "

jmo
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jmo 10/11/13 - 07:03 pm
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Make a positive of this....

When it's over only bring back the essential personnel.

FastFission
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FastFission 10/11/13 - 07:18 pm
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SRS Op's

Most of the people are necessary to avoid long delays - this would include trucks that make deliveries and are paid by the loads.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/11/13 - 07:30 pm
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So what you are saying Most of the people are necessary

That would make this another Shutdown Hype scenario wouldn't it?

jwarden710
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jwarden710 10/11/13 - 08:51 pm
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layoff

Thanks to obama and Reid for screwing up the nation there Obama care. Freaking Linsday and Chamblis is not going to help out either.

blues550
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blues550 10/12/13 - 12:09 am
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Off

Unpublished

Whacked Off

KSL
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KSL 10/12/13 - 02:02 am
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Wait, wait, wait consider

Wait, wait, wait

I consider the $100K first dog caretaker non-essential.

Is Obama paying for the dogsitter out of his salary or earnings off the $1 million, up to $11 million in 5 years his worth has increased?

wildman
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wildman 10/12/13 - 08:49 am
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Honestly

If the folks at SRS (DOE leadership) were to be honest with themselves Wackenhut and DOE could stand to reduce a few hundred employees. I used to see it and I am sure it has not changed. Oversight watching the lower level oversight. Wackenhut duplicates a lot of the work that the M&O companies provide. Some of those smart people out there need to look around and see how many people are doing the same work with different companies. No one ever said the government was the most efficient "company". That is your problem, if the government had to run on profit vs our tax dollars they would do it smarter.

I am over my ranting. Thank you for your time.

Radwaste
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Radwaste 10/12/13 - 09:30 am
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So - you think these are un-needed?

nocnoc - and others:

It simply doesn't take as many people to watch your car sitting up on blocks in a warehouse as it does to maintain and operate it. Now, what if your car contained a dangerous substance, capable of ruining square milres of your State and forcing your evacuation - permanently?

This is the principle behind having more operators at the Site to actually process nuclear waste - 37 million gallons of it. If you think that can be processed by the crew that remains, you are simply ignorant. That's an ugly word, isn't it? Yet, it's true.

Another thing you may not realize is that the Federal government has trapped itself in the case of SRS. It requires that the process equipment be monitored by properly trained and qualified personnel (I hope you do not have an objection to that). These personnel are all subject to National Labor Relations Board rules mandating that they be paid for their time on the job (I hope you do not have an objection to that). Such operators as remain at SRS today are being paid from funds remaining from FY 2013, and when those funds are exhausted, in a couple more weeks, there will be NO ONE LEGALLY QUALIFIED to operate or monitor radioactive waste processes at Savannah River Site.

I hope you do have an objection to that.

wildman
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wildman 10/12/13 - 09:48 am
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No objection

No objection to your points, however my point is both WSI and DOE have not had to feel the pain that others have, hope you have no objection. As an outsider looking in I can honestly say I am using yesterday's (information from a few years ago) information. I am jot for people losing a job or pay but as a tax payer I only want smart people making smart decisions and that's not happening, from DC to SRS, any objections?

Hope you have a great day! God Bless everyone! NO OBJECTIONS

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t3bledsoe 10/12/13 - 10:57 am
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nocnoc @ 6:18

"But the shutdown is becoming revealing and enlightening, as too how many people the US Government hires and/or employs that it considers unnecessary to actually do the job"

Could not have said it better! I do agree with your statement about seeing people furloughed, however.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/12/13 - 11:01 am
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jmo @ 7:03 PM

"When it's over only bring back the essential personnel"

Couldn't agree more!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/12/13 - 11:04 am
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nocnoc @ 7:30 PM

"That would make this another Shutdown Hype scenario wouldn't it"

I thank goodness for the job that I had for 6 years, BUT I am not going to blow smoke to make ANYONE believe that ALL employees are necessary!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/12/13 - 11:08 am
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wildman @ 8:49 AM

"If the folks at SRS (DOE leadership) were to be honest with themselves Wackenhut and DOE could stand to reduce a few hundred employees. I used to see it and I am sure it has not changed"

I can not believe that I am reading so many comments with which I agree with completely!!

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t3bledsoe 10/12/13 - 11:11 am
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wildman @ 9:48

"I am not for people losing a job or pay but as a tax payer I only want smart people making smart decisions and that's not happening, from DC to SRS, any objections?"

VERY, VERY TRUE!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/12/13 - 12:30 pm
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t3bledsoe - you have become profound in your wisdom.

As we all have some Liberal and Conservative opinions.

FastFission
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FastFission 10/12/13 - 02:22 pm
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DOE & WSI

WSI is unionized and DOE has affirmative action.

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fedex227 10/12/13 - 04:36 pm
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What's up here?

I can't believe the comments I'm seeing ... "I hate to see anyone furloughed. But the shutdown is becoming revealing and enlightening, as too how many people the US Government hires and/or employs that it considers unnecessary to actually do the job."

First of all I don't believe you hate seeing any government employee furloughed. Secondly you have no idea the ramifications of what security cutbacks like these will entail. Reduced access to the facility, longer lines for people just wanting to get to work and do their jobs, changes in rotation schedules, increased workloads for those remaining on the job, security programs cancelled. These are not Corporate CEO's, Wall Street traders, or government bigwigs beings furloughed. They're your nextdoor neighbors, hard working middle class Americans looking to get an honest day's pay out of an honest day's work. Please don't lose sight of this folks.

wildman
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wildman 10/12/13 - 05:10 pm
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FedEx

Been there,done that. Know all about it. Didn't like it then and don't like it now. All I am trying to say is that the M&O contractor has always been hit the hardest. You are absolutely right, I know I don't want to see anyone furloughed. I am so sorry that jerks in DC can't see what this does to the common folk. Just to top the conversation off, the Unaffordable Health Care plan will hurt more Americans than it will help. I am one of those.

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fedex227 10/12/13 - 05:36 pm
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Roger that wildman,

I just didn't want folks to get the impression that these were overpaid ingrates sucking off the government teet - Wackenhut guards net roughly in the GS4/5 range, about $25,000-$30,000. Believe me, and you know as well as I do, this is not where the problem lies.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/12/13 - 07:09 pm
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fedex227 - Chuffing

First of all I don't believe you hate seeing any government employee furloughed.

1. I had 1 relative furloughed. She enjoyed the 1 week off and has been told she will get back pay. She worked at the Base Commissary. I hate SHUTDOWn HYPE for political reasons. Federal Workers are caught in it and/or in some cases being told to really make it difficult for people.

1. I have been through the 95 Shutdown. As a Belt Way Bandit contractor I lost $2,000 a day in billable time. I took vacation time and went to the mountains with the family.

Secondly you have no idea the ramifications of what security cutbacks like these will entail.

2. Given my background, well let me say ..... I likely know a lot better than you the ramifications of poor security. Have you signed a 18##-1 or a SF3## lately?

But I agree, we don't need to find a US equivalent of a 72 year old Russian lady with a pistol and 5 rounds, guarding 100's of 2kt artillery shells by herself.

If American does not get a gripe on its finances, we may become like the last Super Power to go bankrupt.

But, unlike the bailed out that Russia got from us to get them back on their feet. I some how doubt the Chi-Coms and the Russians Socialist are going to come running to us with $$$ aid like we did.

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