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FY19 Physical Inventory of Personal Property

An annual physical inventory of accountable personal property is a key requirement of the Lab’s property management program. The Lab’s annual inventory campaign starts Jan. 7, 2019. Selected assets have been distributed to divisions for validation. Go here for more information, including important deadlines or to review property currently assigned to you.

Make Sure Your W-2 Address is Accurate

To help ensure your W-2 information is accurately reported to the IRS and Social Security Administration, verify that your address is correct in Employee Self Service. If any changes are necessary, update your information as soon as possible. For more information, send email to [email protected].

Sign Up for Electronic Delivery of W-2 Form

Staff can sign up for electronic delivery of their W-2 form via Employee Self Service. After consent is given, employees will receive an email when their W-2 form is available, can print multiple copies of the form, and have access to previous years (while an active employee). To receive your 2018 form, sign-up must occur by Jan. 11, 2019.

Improved Process for Sending DOE Barcode-Tagged Property to Excess

Government property that is no longer needed by a property custodian and the property custodian’s division is deemed “excess” and can be sent to Berkeley Lab’s Excess turn-in facility to be made available for reuse by Lab employees, federal agencies and contractors, educational institutions, and nonprofits. Property Management has developed a standardized process for sending DOE barcode-tagged property items to Excess.

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>

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.

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.

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>

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.

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>