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Message From COO Michael Brandt on Retirement of CFO Kim Williams

Chief Financial Officer Kim Williams has announced her retirement, effective Oct. 5. “Kim has built an impressive legacy of outstanding leadership during her career at Berkeley Lab, and she will be greatly missed as she moves on to the next exciting chapter in her life,” says Brandt. An acting CFO will be announced, and a national search is underway for her replacement. More>

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Lab Among Recipients to Receive a 2017 GreenBuy Gold Award

Berkeley Lab is receiving high honors in the GreenBuy Awards Program, which recognizes the purchase of sustainable products that save energy, conserve water, and reduce health and environmental impacts. The Lab was cited for its achievements in the Cafeteria, Construction, Custodial, Grounds/Landscaping, Office, and Other categories. Go here to learn more about the Lab’s sustainable purchasing efforts.

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Financial Management Workshop for Postdocs on Feb. 22

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) will host a new financial management workshop for postdocs on Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium. The course will be conducted by the Lab’s CFO Kim Williams, and Deputy CFO and Field Finance Manager Minh Huebner. Visit the Employee Self-Service website to register (course PDT 0110) or review the course description.

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Tax, Withholding Changes Due to ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ Legislation

The recent signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs act will incur significant changes to 2018 income tax rates and withholding from employee paychecks. The IRS has released withholding guidance to implement this legislation. The Lab will update its HR/Payroll system once the software patch is released. The IRS may also revise the W-4 form to comply with the new regulations. More>

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Edna Annis Named as Lab’s Chief Procurement Officer

Chief Financial Officer Kim Williams announced the appointment of Edna Annis as the Lab’s Chief Procurement Officer. Annis has almost twenty years of Lab experience, spanning operations, procurement management, scientific business support, assurance, and audit. She recently served as OCFO’s acting chief procurement officer and procurement assurance manager.

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Veterans Employee Resource Group Serves Those Who Served Their Country

Phil Weiss of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Rich Celestre of the Advanced Light Source may work for different divisions, in completely different fields, but years ago, they both dedicated their lives to serving their country — one from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the other under the sweltering sun of the Persian Gulf. They co-chair the Lab’s Veterans ERG. More>

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FY18 Wall-to-Wall Inventory Has Started

The FY18 annual inventory campaign has started and includes all 25,371 Laboratory assets totaling over $1 billion dollars in acquisition value. Periodic wall-to-wall inventories are required under the Lab’s prime contract to account for all property purchased with DOE and other sponsor funds. Go here to view more information on this year’s inventory campaign.

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FY17 Statistical Sample Inventory Campaign Has Started

This year’s campaign consists of approximately 9,700 assets total, including 100% of all laptops in the database. Go here for more information, including important deadlines or to check property currently assigned to you. Email PropertyManagement@lbl.gov with questions.

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Events and Meals Policy Updated

The Lab’s policies for attending and hosting events, and working meals, have been updated into one comprehensive policy. Employees involved with event activities at the Lab or offsite are responsible for complying with the Events and Meals policy. Go here for more information. Contact Conference Services for additional details.

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Survey Seeks to Improve Safety Shoe Purchase

In an effort to provide a better experience for Lab employees purchasing safety shoes, Procurement is conducting an online survey to gather feedback from employees. Your feedback to this survey will help us evaluate the needs from each division. Click here to take the survey.

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