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Blackout Dates for Procurement, Travel, Other Financial Processes

The deployment of the Lab’s new financial system on Oct. 1 will result in blackout periods in financial services this September. Plan ahead to complete as much of these activities in August as possible. More>

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Chief Operating Officer on Preparing for F$M

Glenn Kubiak discusses the strategic importance of the Lab’s new Financial System coming this fall, and what you can do to prepare. Learn more about the Financial Systems Modernization (F$M) Project.

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Demos Posted of New Processes for Proposals, Purchasing

Videos provide details on different facets of the Financial Systems Modernization (F$M) project. Watch the “Introduction Session” to get an overview. Full training will start in July. More>

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New DOE Reporting Requirements for Attending, Hosting Conferences

Lab’s Conference Services updates its policies to reflect changes. More>

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Sneak Peek of New Processes for Proposals, Purchasing

Attend an F$M demo in June to see how the new systems will work; intro class on June 3.

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10 Questions for OCFO’s Victor Lorincz

Victor Lorincz conducts “Work for Others” accounting in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and has worked at the Lab for 14 years.

Q: What is your proudest moment on the job?
A: Whenever someone at the Lab wins a Nobel Prize

Q: Why do you like science?
A: How interconnected it is

Q: Who is your science hero?
A: Isaac Newton

Q: Where were you born?
A: Transylvania

Q: What is your cultural heritage?
A: Hungarian

Q: How are you involved with your community?
A: I drive elderly people to concerts

Q: Who/what inspires you?
A: Hope in a better future for all

Q: What are the top three things on your bucket list?
A: More travel, stay healthy, start a business

Q: What famous person would you most like to meet?
A: Paul Erdős

Q: What saying best reflects your outlook on life?
A: Keep an open mind

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Lab Supports Small Business Via Contracts With Local Suppliers

Did you know that in FY13, 52 percent of the Lab’s purchasing and contracts were with small businesses? This included office supplies, computer equipment, construction and much more. For FY14, the Lab is required by its DOE contract to commit 50 percent of its purchases to small businesses. Supporting small and disadvantaged businesses helps create jobs and improve the local economy, while providing the Lab with quality goods and reliable service. Employees interested in using a qualified small business for future procurements, or know of a small business that might be interested in contracting with the Lab, can visit the Lab’s Small Business Program website for more information.

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Changes Coming to Proposals, Purchases, Time Entry

Proposals, Purchases, Time Entry – what do all of these have in common? They all touch the Berkeley Lab’s 17-year-old Financial System. Work is underway to replace the system, to better match the way the Lab does business. The effort is part of the Lab’s new Service Technologies for Science Initiative. Find out here what changes you’ll be seeing this fall. Learn more about the Financial Systems Modernization (F$M) project.

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10 Questions for OCFO’s Stephanie Daglia

Stephanie Daglia is a procurement project manager in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and has worked at the Lab for four and half years.

Q: What is your proudest moment on the job?
A: The launch of a Lab-wide recruiting system

Q: What do you enjoy most about working the Lab?
A: Learning about what the scientists are doing to impact the world

Q: Why do you like science?
A: It helps us all to lead better lives

Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?
A: Watching movies, working with horses, riding on the back of my hubby’s motorcycle

Q: How are you involved with your community?
A: Through my church and local events

Q: Do you possess any unique talents?
A: I can get along with just about anyone

Q: Who/what inspires you?
A: People who give to others

Q: What are the top three things on your bucket list?
A: Windsurfing, kayaking, visiting Norway/Scandinavia

Q: What famous person would you most like to meet (dead or alive)?
A: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Q: What saying best reflects your outlook on life?
A: Problems give you strength to go further

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Courses Offer Training on New Event Approval Database

Conference Services has automated all conference/event approval forms online through the Event Approval Database. The process of going electronic allows DOE and the Lab to consolidate and accumulate information about attendees and projected costs for events. This course is designed for anyone that plans Lab and Division events that use DOE managed funds. It will provide a step-by-step process on how to enter lab hosted meetings and conferences, both on-site and off-site. Courses run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

• Event Approval Database Course (CFC0001): March 18
• Database Enhancements Course (CFC0005): Feb. 28 and April 24

Go here to register.

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