Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they plan to eliminate 60 contract positions in addition to the 557 regular positions that were cut in recent months.
From the Santa Fe New Mexican:
LANL Director Charles McMillan said the reductions are for those in the contract or flexible workforce category, and comprise 10 percent of that pool.
Budget cuts are blamed for the staff reductions.
In a memo sent out to all employees at the laboratory Friday, McMillan announced that a process was under way "to reduce costs associated with materials and services and contract labor to align with our new budget realities." He noted that the first round of these additional cuts is expected to save about $12 million. After the impact is evaluated, a second round of reductions may be applied to the rest of LANL.