July 3, 2000
UC President writes to lab managers and employees
By Jeff Garberson
The President of the University of California sent letters to all UC managers and employees at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories in late June, discussing his thoughts, concerns and expectations on the role that the laboratories play in national security (read letters).
President Richard C. Atkinson sent the letters to the directors of the laboratories
who in turn distributed it to managers and employees. It is the first time that Atkinson
has written directly to managers and employees. The UC system has operated the laboratories
for the U.S. Department of Energy for more than 50 years.
"Over the coming months, we will assess carefully our security practices
and how the culture of our workplaces affects security. We must have your participation
and leadership in support of timely and effective security improvement."
Atkinson noted, "No one should assume that security is someone else's responsibility.
It is essential that everyone bear this responsibility, especially those of you who
have firsthand knowledge of the importance of the laboratories' national security
Under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, UC manages Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and
Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The laboratories conduct broad and
diverse basic and applied research in nuclear science, energy production, national
defense, and environmental and health areas.