3In summary, agencies will not begin personnel actions such as furloughs immediately onMarch 1. In addition, administrative furloughs are the only available personnel actionsto meet sequestration targets in certain accounts, regardless of whether such leave isgood public policy or makes economic sense.Following are examples of the impact of such furloughs:
National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
12 site, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is one of four production facilities in our Nation’s
nuclear weapons complex; its mission is to process and store uranium. During the earlymorning hours of July 28, 2012, three anti-nuclear protesters, including an 82 year-oldnun, were able to breach the Y-
12 site’s high
-security perimeter and reach the HighlyEnriched Uranium Materials Facility.The Energy Department Inspector General quickly completed an investigation. Notsurprisingly, the IG found "troubling displays of ineptitude in responding to alarms,failures to maintain critical security equipment, over reliance on compensatorymeasures, misunderstanding of security protocols, poor communications, andweaknesses in contract and resource management." The report also noted concerns
that “constrained Federal funding had negatively impacted security controls at Y
Nonetheless, sequestration would require the Y-12 site to furlough 700-1,000 of 4,500employees for a period of up to 6 months. Clearly, these layoffs will adversely impactefforts to improve security. Other NNSA facilities will also face furloughs. The PantexPlant in Amarillo, Texas will furlough up to 2,500 employees for 3 weeks. Los AlamosNational Lab in New Mexico will furlough over 500 for about 2 weeks. And SandiaNational Labs will lay off up to 100 positions and forgo hiring staff to support the B61bomb life extension program.The NNSA plays a critical national security role in developing and maintaining theNation's nuclear deterrent. In the area of our nuclear weapons stockpile, efforts torefurbish and extend the life of several weapons systems would be delayed, includingthe B-61, leading to increased costs and impacts to deployment and readiness in thefuture. Sequestration would erode the security posture at sites and facilities by layoffs,workforce reassignments, and project deferrals. Sequestration would hamper theinternal oversight function of DOE nuclear facilities and reduce the depth and frequencyof audits and evaluations needed to ensure ongoing robust security operations.