By Neil Calder
John Muhlestein, head of DOE’s Office of Science
Stanford Site Office.
The DOE recently announced that they will close the
Oakland National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Service Center as
part of a reorganization. We sat down with John Muhlestein, head of DOE’s
Stanford Site Office, for more details on this upcoming change.
What has changed in the Department of Energy’s
organization in the Bay Area?
"On December 17, 2002, DOE’s NNSA, which oversees the Bay
Area’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National
Laboratories, implemented a new organizational structure, with Albuquerque
becoming the main Service Center."
"This new structure will streamline operations and
oversight while clarifying roles and responsibilities. A direct
consequence of this reorganization is that the DOE’s Oakland Service
Center, which provides our Office of Science Stanford Site Office with a
wide range of services, will close by the end of 2004."
How will these changes affect SLAC?
"SLAC staff should be reassured that there will be no
sudden changes. We still expect to get support from the Oakland Service
Center during the two years of transition.
We do not yet know which center will take over
responsibility for SLAC support, but it is business as usual until
transition plans have been established and implementation of links with
the new Service Center has begun. I will make sure that everyone at SLAC
is kept fully informed of developments."