Question #:
610
Answered on:
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Looking at the GSA vehicles, I notice large pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans, and some full-size sedans. I also notice UCAR Security personnel driving around in a new behemoth-sized SUV. It is understandable that pickup trucks may be necessary for field project deployments, and that the shuttle vans need to be large to accommodate many passengers. But there are many instances of single/double passenger transportation, where a small vehicle will suffice. For those instances, why are there not more fuel-efficient, cleaner vehicles in the fleet?

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Question #:
608
Answered on:
Monday, March 9, 2009

Does the UCAR-issued government identification card really work for airport security? Or would you just hear, "What's this? Show me a real ID," in the security line?

If it really works with TSA, it would seem to be a good thing to carry routinely as a backup during travel (both official and personal) in case of a lost wallet, stolen purse, etc.--if kept separately.

I have one, but have seldom used it, and then only for confirming eligibility for government hotel rates. The issue date is more than ten

Question #:
607
Answered on:
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

When will the Mesa Lab cafeteria yogurt machine return?

Question #:
606
Answered on:
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

In response to Delphi Question #603, Bob Roesch wrote:

"In terms of legal issues surrounding disclosure, by law the federal government is required to disclose all federal employees' pay. Many states and local governments are also required to disclose employee pay. UCAR is a private corporation, and not covered by these laws."

I have a "U.S. government identification" card issued by UCAR. On it, "NSF (UCAR)" is listed as the "Issuing department or agency." The issuing officer is a UCAR HR administrative assistant. According to the

Question #:
604
Answered on:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I recently learned that employee charges through the cafeteria had been duplicated. I was suspicious when I saw my payroll deductions from the cafeteria were much higher than they should have been, but I only learned about it through a co-worker because a message about the error had been circulated just to the admin_net email alias.

Additionally, in the past, I have heard stories from other employees who were charged for more than they purchased, and they only caught the error because they happened to save their receipts. I was wondering if

Question #:
603
Answered on:
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Note: This question is the third in a series that includes #598, #600, and #602.

In response to Delphi Question #600, Bob Roesch wrote: "If you believe you have evidence of discrimination or if you have concerns that you may be a victim of discrimination, you should not hesitate to bring this to the attention of your Human Resources representative or to me personally."

Now that the salary information is no longer available, how are we going to know if there are discriminatory practices in regards to pay?

Question #:
602
Answered on:
Thursday, December 4, 2008

The response to Delphi Question #600, a follow-up from Delphi Question #598 concerning termination of the open salary policy, did not address the issue of why this change was done with minimum visibility. The follow-up question documented thoroughly how the announcement was obscured. It is additionally noteworthy that not even division directors knew about this very significant change to policy. Furthermore, it was done on the very day that NCAR changed directors.

What person or committee made this decision?

Question #:
599
Answered on:
Monday, November 24, 2008

The aging vending machines at FL2 and FL4 have become increasingly unreliable. At various times the machines will not accept coins, will not give change, or will accept money but not dispense products. Many of us have left multiple sticky notes indicating problems.

The people at the vending company that services these machines are cheerful when called, and they seem responsive to each sequential problem, but it is annoying to have to call the company again and again. When the machines are broken on evenings and weekends, the only

Question #:
600
Answered on:
Friday, October 31, 2008

Thank you for sharing the response (Question 598) by Human Resources to my very similar question regarding the discontinuance UCAR's open salary policy.

Question #:
601
Answered on:
Thursday, October 30, 2008

The following appeared in Today@UCAR's daily announcements on
Friday, October 24:

"NETS is beginning the process of replacing all of the UCAR
telephone desk sets to a newer version to take advantage of
several technology advances. The new phones will be rolled out in
phases over the next few months. A detailed announcement will be
sent to your group a week ahead of the actual change."

How much does this phone replacement cost? I haven't heard any

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