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Taking a look at TRUPACT-IIIwith David Miller, manager of Sandia’s Materials TransportationTesting and Analysis Dept. 6765, thefirst adjective that comes to mind is“big.” The massive transportationcontainer is impressive by any stan-dard. TRUPACT-III is designedspecifically to move large items tothe Waste Isolation Pilot Plant sitenear Carlsbad, N.M., David says. The8.2- by 8.7- by 14-foot stainless-steel, 55,000-pound package isdesigned with multiple layers toprotect its cargo.Walking around TRUPACT-III,David points out the protected headsof giant bolts that hold its heavy,stainless-steel lid protection panel inplace. (The actual lid is buried twofeet into the package.) The energy-absorbing foam between inner andouter container boxes can’t be seen,but its presence is acknowledged byblowout plugs in the outer package.These plugs allow the foam toexpand and escape in case it iscaught in a fire, he says.During the past two weeks, ateam of Sandia researchers in remoteCoyote Canyon have been testingthe mettle of TRUPACT-III for itsbuilder, Packaging Technology, Inc.(a subsidiary of Areva), to determineif it can qualify for Nuclear Regula-tory Commission certification. ASandia team has chilled the giantcontainer to minus 40 degrees F, dropped it 30 feet onto an unyielding surfaceof battleship steel underlain by 24 feet of concrete, and attempted to punctureit at various angles of address.Staff members from the Western Governors’ Association and the NRC,along with DOE officials, were on hand at Sandia’s Aerial Cable Site to viewthe tests.The series of tests at the remote site are designed to attack all the weak points in the package, explains Doug Ammerman (6765), project manager forthe testing. But the container is designed to take the beating. “It’s really a box
Sandia’s other half: ITS mission includes growing setof national security challenges, opportunities
Al Romig describes outlook for Integrated Technologies & Systems (ITS) Strategic Management Group 
Lab News
sat down recently with Deputy Labs Director Al Romig to talk about the future of Sandia’s growing Strategic Management Group (SMG)known as Integrated Technologies and Systems (ITS),which now accounts for about half of the Labs’ revenue.The interview was conducted by John German and NealSinger. Here’s a transcript of their conversation.
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 Lab News:
The latest Sandia Strategic Planseems to have placed a heavy burden on your Strategic Management Group, Integrated Technologies & Sys-tems (ITS), and you personally to keep the Labs fis-cally and programmatically healthy by both diversify-ing and solidifying the national security program portfolio.
Al Romig:
That’s right. This last round of strategic planning resulted in the strongest articu-lation yet that the Laboratory is more than anuclear weapons laboratory, that it’s a true broad-based national security laboratory. We first beganmaking those statements in the mid-1990s, rightafter the Cold War, and each time we have reex-amined our mission since then, the echoes havebecome louder in that regard. We’re now in ahighly interconnected world where there arecomplex threats — military and political threats
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“Our role is to make sure the people who set national policy and operate according to that pol-icy, for example the military, have the technologi-cal resources they need to address these problems.That’s a big job, it is an important one, and it is amission that plays to our strengths.”
 — Al Romig, Senior VP and Deputy Labs Directorfor Integrated Technologies and Systems
TRUPACT-III drop test netsvaluable data on waste cask
Vol. 58, No. 23November 10, 2006
Managed by Lockheed Martin for the National Nuclear Security Administration 
GINGERLY, BOYS, GINGERLY— Teammembers verrrry carefully help guide aTRUPACTtest unit into position for a30-foot test drop.(Photo by Randy Montoya)
By Will Keener
$3 Million
(and count 
Sandia crosses magic number inannual charitable giving campaign
American Indian Heritage Month honors continent’s first stewards 
SANDIANS AND MEMBERS OF THEKIRTLAND AIR FORCEBASEcommunity gath-ered at Hardin Field on Friday, Nov. 3, to launch the annual observation of Ameri-can Indian Heritage Month. In the photo here, the American flag is carried to anhonored position on the field, accompanied by an escort of KAFB airmen. See
page 16
for a list of other American Indian Heritage Month events, other photosof the Hardin Field activities, and a story by Iris Aboytes about one of Sandia’s ownwho has been recognized for his technical accomplishments by the AmericanIndian Science and Engineering Society.(Photo by Randy Montoya)
 Defense Systemsand Assessments SMU  picks up mantle of Labs’long association with DoD. Four-page pullousection begins on
page 7.
Inside . . .Also inside . . .
California site earns ISO EMS certification. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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UNexpert: “Create research agenda for sustainability”. . . . . . . . . . .
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Jerry Simmons is one of Labs’ leading lights (LED lights, that is). . . . .
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LDRDDay highlights new emphasis of program. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Details coming in next
Lab News 
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-0165Livermore, California 94550-0969Tonopah, Nevada • Nevada Test Site • Amarillo, Texas •Carlsbad, New Mexico • Washington, D.C.
Sandia National Laboratoriesisa multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the USDepartment of Energy’sNational Nuclear Security Administration.
Bill Murphy,
Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
505/845-0845Chris Burroughs,
Writer. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
505/844-0948Randy Montoya,
Photographer. . . . . . . .
505/844-5605Nancy Garcia
California site contact. . . . .
925/294-2932Michael Lanigan,
Production. . . . . . . . . .
Janet Carpenter (844-7841), John German(844-5199), Neal Singer (845-7078), Stephanie Holinka (284-9227),Howard Kercheval (columnist, 844-7842), Will Keener (844-1690),Iris Aboytes (844-2282), Michael Padilla (284-5325), Julie Hall(284-7761),Rod Geer (844-6601),and Michelle Fleming (Ads,Milepost photos, 844-4902),Darrick Hurst (intern, 844-8009),Erin Gardner (intern, 284-8432). Dept. 3651 Manager: ChrisMiller (844-0587).
Lab News fax................................................505/844-0645Classified ads................................................505/844-4902
Published on alternate Fridays by Media Relationsand Employee Communications Dept. 3651, MS0165
What’s what 
Lab News Reader Service 
Retirees (only):
To notify of changes in address,contact Benefits Dept. 3332, Customer Service, at505-844-4237, or Mail Stop 1021, Sandia NationalLaboratories,Albuquerque, NM 87185-1021.
To receive the
 Lab News
or to changethe address (except retirees), contact MichelleFleming, Media Relations and CommunicationsDept. 3651, 505-844-4902, e-mailmeflemi@sandia.gov, or MS 0165, Sandia NationalLaboratories,Albuquerque, NM 87185-0165.
To change the number of copies of the
 Lab News
your mail stop is receiving pleasecall Honario Anaya, Mail Services Team 10268-4,at 844-3796. At Sandia/California contact theMail Room at 294-2427.
A couple of retirees wrote in response to last issue’s blurb onUnitedHealthcare Group’s embattled CEO William McGuire and his — ahem— substantial compensation package.George Perkins described what seemed to him a complicatedserpentine route to starting chemotherapy for the stomach cancer he wasbattling. “On my first visit,” he wrote, “I was asked to pay acoinsurance amount of $1.55. Yes, one dollar and fifty-five cents. Itsurely costs them far more than that just to process the paperwork, andgive me a receipt!”On a subsequent visit — for the first of five prescribed chemotreatments — “I arrived at the doctor's facility at 9:15 a.m. andsigned in for my 9:30 a.m. appointment to begin the treatment. At 10:15a.m., I decided to check on the delay. I was informed, after thereceptionist spent five minutes looking for my file, that theaccountant had the file to determine how much my copay would be, basedon some calculation (or guesstimate). So I waited 45 minutes past myappointment (for a 15-minute injection of chemo) just because thedoctor's accountant had to get online to figure out how much I would beresponsible for — after Medicare and UHC paid their amount, a week ortwo later, not up front — before I could begin my treatment.”Then, in that old can-do, Sandia spirit, George signed off with:“My best regards to all Sandians and their "Exceptional service in thenational interest!” President Harry Truman got it right!”Similarly aggravated, Mike Ford described a billing process,writing, “UHC hires the ‘Ancillary Care’ company to process paperworkfrom Sandia (and presumably elsewhere). Walgreen’s charges and billsUHC $140 per month for an oxygen concentrator for our home use. UHCbills Sandia for $161.40. My copay is $21 (15 percent of the $140), soSandia gets ripped off for $21.40 to pay Ancillary Care for processingthe paperwork and Walgreen’s gets overpaid. What did UHC do?”And citing a
Wall Street Journal
story about large health carecompanies paying health care consultants to recommend them to healthcare consumers like Sandia, Mike signed off with: “No wonder health carecosts are high — the middlemen have middlemen who have middlemen!”Thinking about the two notes, it occurred to me that maybe the$21.40 involved in the billing shuffle for Mike’s oxygen concentratorhelps offset the $1.55 George, and presumably others, fork over incoinsurance payments that certainly don’t seem to be economicallyfeasible.* * * * *This popped, uninvited, into a colleague’s emailbox:“In view of Internet swindle high activity Visa InternationalService Association would like to suggest you Internet-connectionprotection with the help of VPN. We can give you the guarantee that allyour banking transactions will be completely secure. You could startusing VPN-connection right now!“More information about us you may find on Web: [URL omitted hereto save the innocent.]”And you thought Borat was just a slick movie star!
— Howard Kercheval (844-7842, MS 0165, hckerch@sandia.gov)
Three Sandia researchers together with fellowteam members from Delta Airlines, Drexel Uni-versity, and the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center wereawarded the FAA-Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)Forum “Better Way” award last month.The “Better Way” award — jointly sponsoredby the FAA and ATA — recognizes a team of gov-ernment and airline industry individuals who col-laborate to advance inspection or testing of air-craft structure, components, or systems. ATA isthe industry trade organization representing morethan 90 percent of all US airlines.Receiving the award from Sandia wereresearchers Mike Bode (6414), Floyd Spencer(12337), and David Moore (2724).David says the award was for work done overa two-year period. As part of the project, a Boeing727, flown successfully by Delta for 28 years anddecommissioned, was dismantled so that teammembers could study lap joints — the locationswhere the skins of aircraft overlap. They thenassessed 20 different NDT inspection techniquesused by airlines and emerging inspection tech-nologies developed by NDT researchers to deter-mine which were most efficient and worked in atimely fashion.“The question we were trying to answer wasnot if the airplane had flaws, but what was thebest inspection technique,” Floyd says.David and Mike were on hand after the planewas dismantled, observed inspections, and gath-ered data. Floyd assisted with the analysis of thedata that showed how well the inspection meth-ods worked.The results of their efforts have been docu-mented in a database that will provide end-usersat airlines and repair stations the informationthey need to make informed decisions about thecapabilities of the various inspection techniques.This is the third year Sandians have won the“Better Way” award in collaboration with industry.They also won it in 2003 and 2005.
 — Chris Burroughs
Sandia researchers win ‘Better Way’ award 
Robert Crocker (8125) and Judith Rognlien(8321): Electrodes for Microfluidic ApplicationsMichael Borden and Jason Shepherd (both1421): Method of Modifying a Volume MeshUsing Sheet InsertionAlfredo Morales, Linda Domeier, Patrick Keifer (all 8778), and Terry Garino (1816): Com-pliant Cantilevered MicromoldF. Michael Hosking, Aaron Hall (both 1813),Richard Givler (1514), and Charles Walker (2452):Method for Controlling BrazingCharles Andraka (6337), K. Scott Rawlinson(5714), Steven Showalter (2522), Timothy Moss(6337), Douglas Adkins, and James Moreno (ret.):Method of Manufacturing a Heat Pipe Wick withStructural EnhancementMark Tucker (6334) and Rita Betty (9112):Reactive Formulations for a Neutralization of Toxic Industrial ChemicalsSteven Thoma (6338) and Tina Nenoff (1114): Synthesis of an Unsupported, High-FlowZSM-22 Zeolite MembraneDavid Carlson (200), Patrick Brady (6316), andJames Krumhansl (6316): Inorganic Ion SorbentsMichael M. Johnson (8960) and AnnYoshimura (8116): Systems and Methods forDetecting and Processing
For the record 
In an article that appeared in the Oct. 26
 Lab News
about Sandia’s recycling program, the storystated that Sandia began recycling in the mid-1990s.Although many of the current recycling programswere instituted during that time, Sandia has beenrecycling scrap metal for much of its existence andbegan recycling office waste paper in FY91 after apilot study was completed. Even though Sandiarecycled several thousand tons of materials, it didntquite make the FY06 target. Another ambitious yetachievable performance target has been set, and theparticipation of the entire Labs population will beneeded to meet it.
New UHC on-site rep 
Effective Nov. 6, Beth Ann Seng has replacedDonna Jo Gillingham as the UnitedHealthcareon-site representative. Donna Jo left to pursueother career opportunities. Beth Ann will con-tinue to occupy the UHC on-site representative’soffice located in Bldg 832, Rm. 34T. Her phonenumber is 844-0657. Beth Ann is available forwalk-ins/appointments 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondaythrough Thursday. To schedule an appointment,please contact the HBES Customer Service Centerat 844-HBES (4237).
After an intensive two-year effort, Sandia/ California has become the first organization atSandia to receive certification of its Environmen-tal Management System (EMS) to the ISO14001:2004 standard.The final audit in Sep-tember resulted in the rec-ommendation by an inde-pendent third-party registrar,NSF International StrategicRegistrations Inc., of AnnArbor, Mich., that the site’sEMS be certified to the standard. To retain certifi-cation, the registrar will conduct surveillanceaudits at the site every six months.The International Organization for Standard-ization (ISO) is the world’s leading developer of international standards. The standards have beenimplemented in hundreds of thousands of orga-nizations in more than 161 countries. Their stan-dards specify the requirements for state-of-the-artproducts, services, and managerial and organiza-tional practice.ISO 14001:2004 is defined as a “generic man-agement system standard” that can be applied toany organization, large or small, regardless of itstype of business. It is a system that requires anenvironmental policy, objectives and targets,programs for implementation, monitoring andmeasurement, preventive and corrective actions,involvement at all levels, and continualimprovement.“Attaining ISO [14001:2004] certificationspeaks highly of our site’s commitment to pro-tecting the environment,” says Gary Shamber,manager of Environmental Management Dept.8516. “Certification implies that our environ-mental management system goes well beyondsimple regulatory compliance. It is a message toour neighboring community,our customers, our employ-ees, and potential new hiresthat we are good environ-mental stewards and use aworld-class managementsystem to reduce theimpacts of our mission onthe environment.”“I'm very proud that ourEnvironmental ManagementSystem has achieved ISO cer-tification,” says Site Opera-tions Center 8500 DirectorPat Smith. “The words in ourdivision ES&H ‘Standard of Performance’ clearly state ourcommitment to an efficientand effective EMS. Now,through this certification, wecan demonstrate that we arewalking our talk. Our chal-lenge will be to sustain anexcellent EMS program —and we'll need everyone'scontinued commitment and active participationas responsible stewards of the environmentalresources in our care.”Philip Newman, director of ES&H and Emer-gency Management Center 10300, says, “This isexcellent news for our California site. We have aprogram plan for certification in New Mexico. Iexpect we will be on track to follow the lead of California. The team is to be congratulated.”
SANDIALAB NEWSNovember 10, 2006Page 3
Sandia/California’s environmental managementreceives ISO certification from independent auditor
THE CORE TEAM that worked to attain ISO certification for the EnvironmentalManagement System included, from left to right: Dept. 8516 members DeeDee Dicker, Gary Shamber, Lee Gardizi, Mark Brynildson, Barbara Larsen,Robert Holland, Laurie Farren, and Janet Harris.(Photo by Randy Wong)
 Many of us in my department are strugglingwith the new PMF form. Instructions are very limited,some are wrong, and we’re having lots of trouble withit. Whoever designs and publishes these forms needsto understand that all the staff that need to use themare not experts in the form field skills required inWord. Once designed, the instructions should be cor-rect. A sample of users ought to test and evaluate the forms. We should be spending our time on content,not on trying unsuccessfully to use corporate forms,and ending up wasting time designing/modifying our own forms. This needs to be fixed.
Thank you for raising our attention to theissue of usability of the new Performance Manage-ment Form.At issue were two things:The instructions on how to protect andunprotect the PMF, so that the form can be moreeasily used, were inaccurate.The larger issue was the usability of the “fill-in cells” — those grayed areas for user input. Youreported that you and your coworkers foundthem frustrating to use and wondered whetherthey had to be there at all.The fill-in cells used on the PMF are commonlyused in forms where there are fields for input. Theyenable the user to quickly tab specifically to thefield to be filled in, and not tab into fields for titlesor instructions. That makes input efficient and con-sistent, especially for a single use form.The challenge you have found is that, first,the instructions on the form weren’t helpful, andsecond, when one tabs to a field where contentalready exists, the entire field is highlighted and if one were to start typing the previously entered con-tent could be lost (thank goodness for Edit Undo).Trying to position the cursor exactly in the fieldwhere the user wanted to add content was frustrat-ing, especially with the incomplete instructionsabout how to unprotect and protect the form.Working together with the CompensationDepartment (the process owner of the PMF), alter-native versions of the PMF (while keeping thevisual presentation as approved by VP Kim Adamsand EVP John Stichman intact) were explored;the forms manager and the forms owner workedto see if a “plain vanilla” form format could beprovided that would make it easier to add andupdate content. Such a form can be renderedwithout the fill-in cells, thus eliminating the needfor usage instructions; the form owner has autho-rized the replacement of the former version of thePMF with this new version. Users will need to payattention to where the cursor is before typing.The issue of tabbing into a section that alreadyhad content remains: The existing content ishighlighted and would be overwritten as soon asthe user touches the keyboard.The revised form is available from the FormsManagement website. There is no requirement forany employee to re-do his or her PMF. The formsmanager, Carolyn Romero, 844-5152,mcromer@sandia.gov, is always available for anyconsultation or assistance in getting the most out of this form and any other form.
 — Anna Nusbaum (4535), Melissa Eakes (3511)
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Please summarize for me DOE’s and Sandia’s policy relative to pulling security clearances of Sandiaemployees being charged with DUI. I recently heard that DOE is pulling securityclearances, essentially forcing Sandia to dismissemployees that have been charged with DUI even if it was a first offense, the incident happened off base, off company time, in the employee’s personal car, nobodywas injured, and the incident was reported to DOE asrequired. Is this true?PS: I don’t support DUI nor have I ever received a DUI citation. I’m simply interested in learning if the DOE is pulling clearances for DUIs.
Your question has to do, primarily, withthe federal government process to make determi-nations regarding whether to authorize access tosensitive and classified materials, facilities, andinformation — access that is a requirement formany of the jobs at Sandia. This is a processowned and run by DOE, and Sandia does notmake determinations as to whether a securityclearance is granted or withheld/withdrawn. DOEmakes these determinations through applicationof guidance in 10 CFR 710, and the ultimate testunder the regulation is to determine that “grant-ing or continuation of access authorization willnot endanger the common defense and securityand is clearly consistent with national interest.”Under the DOE requirements that implement10 CFR 710, Sandia has requirements to reportinformation to DOE that may have a bearing onan individual’s access authorization; this is theprimary interface that Sandia has with the DOEdecisions that your question addresses. The over-all process is intended to conservatively provideinformation of potential significance to the DOEand then to provide for a review of that informa-tion to determine whether granting or continua-tion of access authorization is in the nationalinterest. Alcohol use and arrest records are amongthe types of information that must be reported toDOE and that DOE considers in making accessauthorization determinations; since these deter-minations are internal to DOE, we really cannotcomment on how DOE makes these determina-tions and to what extent consideration is givenfor circumstances such as first offenses, whetherinjuries are caused or not, etc.Since many of the jobs at Sandia requireaccess authorization at some level, removal of thisauthorization by DOE can result in termination.In addition, in some circumstances, Sandia canand does elect to take disciplinary action (up toand including termination) independent of DOEs access authorization determinations.Sandia has terminated employees in the pastfor offenses such as working while intoxicated,working while under the influence of illegal orprescription medications, or other similar actionsthat are clearly inappropriate for the workplace.I hope that this helps to clarify the mattersthat you explore in your question. If you havefurther questions along these lines, please contactme at 284-8456.
 — Corey Cruz (12420)
Struggling with the new PMFforms; policies relative to clearances and DUI

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