Dear Berkeley Lab Colleagues,
A transition in government is a time of uncertainty for any federally funded organization. I am writing to assure you that the DOE and the National Laboratories have been working together for some time to prepare a transition document that will help the new administration to learn about the tremendous value of the National Lab system. Next month, along with other members of the National Lab Directors Council, I will be meeting with the DOE leadership to discuss the upcoming transition. I was Director of Fermilab during a similar transition in 2001, and this is familiar ground to me.
I would like for everyone to remember that we are all here because of our commitment to solving our nation’s most pressing scientific challenges – and we operate with a view that is longer than election cycles. Though such transitions inevitably bring uncertainty, I and the other Laboratory Directors will be doing our best to communicate the role of the national laboratory system in supporting the missions of the Department of Energy. Our community’s dedication to our mission is one of our greatest strengths, as is our continued commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive culture.
Finally, we are all aware of the protests this week in the community, and we all are concerned about the safety of our children. Please take care of your family and friends as we get through this period of unrest.