Sandia Labs to employees: Prepare for shutdown

Posted at: 10/08/2013 2:54 PM
Updated at: 10/08/2013 6:08 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Elizabeth Reed,

As the federal budget impasse in Congress rages on, Sandia National Laboratories are now preparing to shut down.

According to a letter sent to all Sandia Labs employees, the National Nuclear Security Administration has asked the lab to close on Monday, Oct. 21.

The date coincides with "federal financial consequences" that would require a shift in Sandia's operational level by necessity, according to the letter.

Limited work will continue in the event of a shutdown, and Sandia management will notify any employees and subcontractors who will need to continue working. Sandia Labs employs around 9,800 people. It is unclear how many will be affected by the shutdown.

"It is conceivable that the congressional impasse will be resolved in the coming days," Sandia Lab director Paul Hommert wrote in the letter. "I recognize the uncertainty and hardship this places on you and your families, and my hope is that, should we experience a shutdown, it is short."