Taxes and transition were among the topics addressed by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director-Designee Thomas Mason Monday during his visit to the Secret City.
Mason, who was at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for 19 years – 10 as its director – made the Monitor his first stop after meeting with LANL employees earlier in the morning as part of the transition process that will see Triad National Security, LLC, take full management control of the lab by Nov. 1.
“So far I think we’re off to a pretty good start,” Mason said. “We got the notice to proceed on July 3 that said transition starts on July 5. That gave us a couple of days to book our plane tickets and get out here for last Monday. Then we jumped right in and began getting ourselves oriented.”
Mason said there was a lot of legwork that had already been done by the time he arrived in Los Alamos.
“Fortunately the folks here at the lab and at the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) had done a lot of work to prepare,” he said. “They’d looked at what happened in some of the other transitions and tried to think through, ‘OK, how can we do things so we don’t encounter this problem and that problem.’ We had a good week and we’re running fast now. Everyone (around Los Alamos) has been very welcoming and that’s wonderful.”
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