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VBH-0017 - In the Matter of Jimmie L. Russell

This Initial Agency Decision involves a whistleblower complaint filed by Mr. Jimmie L. Russell under the Department of Energy (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. In his complaint, Mr. Russell contends that reprisals were taken against him after he made certain disclosures concerning mismanagement, breaches in security procedures and safety violations at the DOE's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). LANL is managed and operated by the University of California (the UC). At the time that he made the alleged disclosures, Mr. Russell worked at LANL for managers who were UC employees. However, Mr. Russell was an employee of Comforce Technical Services, Inc. (Comforce), a sub- contractor of UC. Mr. Russell alleges that certain UC employees retaliated against him for making protected disclosures at LANL, and that these retaliations resulted in the termination of his work at LANL.