2. How do you and your laboratory review and assess the quality of S&E activities? Do you use the same processes and standards for in-house work, for LDRD work, for WFO? Does the NNSA review the quality of the S&E work?

3. How does the NNSA evaluate and oversee your laboratory? What motivation is provided by the performance fee? In your self-evaluation, what level of attention is paid to operations vis-à-vis the quality of S&E performance?

4. In the last decade the laboratories have been buffeted by many dramatic events. Could you describe how events such as (i) End of the Cold War, (ii) Formation of NNSA, (iii) stockpile stewardship, (iv) Contract recompetition, (v) START treaty have affected your laboratory and the morale of your staff?

5. It has been asserted by some that the laboratories have lost flexibility in how they execute programs. If this is so, what flexibility do you retain? Is this an important issue for you in managing your laboratory?

6. How do you manage and support S&E foundations that support the strategic directions of the laboratory? Could you describe the “return on investment” in the short and long term from work performed in these foundational areas? What is the role of S&E in driving the future of your laboratory? How does the NNSA support and evaluate S&E foundations?

7. How do you draw upon experts and best practices at other laboratories as a part of continuous improvement?

8. How do you select work for others? Do you have a strategic plan for this activity? What do you see as the value of WFO?

9. One of the most important challenges for a laboratory is hiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. What are you doing to assure that your laboratory remains an attractive place to work? What are the impediments?

10. Please comment on the issue of trust with the NNSA with respect to performance evaluations. Does XXX laboratory’s apparent preference for simple numerical measures of performance reflect something about the level of trust? How would you like the NNSA to evaluate the quality of S&E at your laboratory?

11. Can you envision any changes within the control of Congress and NNSA that would allow you to be more effective in assuring the highest quality S&E at your laboratory?

Questions Sent to Laboratory-Other Management for Discussion at a Meeting with the Committee

1. How do you review and assess the quality of S&E activities? Do you use the same processes and standards for in-house work, for LDRD work, for WFO?

2. It has been asserted by some that the laboratories have lost flexibility in how they execute programs. What flexibility do you retain? Is this an important issue for you in your management duties?

3. How do you manage and support S&E foundations that support the strategic directions of the laboratory? What is the role of S&E in driving the future in your own unit?

4. How do you select work for others? Do you have a strategic plan for this activity? What do you see as the value of WFO?

5. How do you draw upon experts and best practices at other laboratories as a part of continuous improvement?

6. One of the most important challenges for a laboratory is hiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. What are you doing to assure that your unit remains an attractive place to work? What are the impediments?

7. Please comment on the issue of trust across levels of management.

8. How do you think the scientists and engineers in your group would respond to a discussion about topics such as working conditions, opportunities for professional development, performance evaluation, rewards, and job security?



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