Question #:
Answered on:
Friday, October 24, 2008

I was recently looking at tours that the Mesa Lab organizes, because
I was giving information to friends visiting Boulder. Then I ran
into the following:
Biblically Correct Tours

I know that NCAR is not running this type of tour, but how can
the organization allow this? I found it to be extremely
uninformative and offensive. The end of the paragraph reads: "You
will be cured of all environmentalistic thinking......" I don't
think that NCAR should allow this to happen. NCAR's mission does

Question #:
Answered on:
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

As tight as the budgets are supposed to be, how can the NCAR Library
constantly buy so many new books? There are almost daily postings of new
books purchased.

Question #:
Answered on:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Some staff members spend significant amounts of time in the field due to
their job requirements. According to UCAR Policies & Procedures, staff
participating in registered field projects are eligible for field pay as
described here:

Staff participating in a registered field project receive field-assignment
pay for each day of a trip of more than 14 days as a supplement to all
other reimbursed travel costs. Field-assignment pay is equal to one-half of

Question #:
Answered on:
Monday, August 11, 2008

In mid-february we learned that Physical Plant Services (PPS) was planning
to remove a large nest on the southeast corner of the third floor of FL2.
We wrote to PPS, alerting it to the fact that we had a pair of nesting
great horned owls, and strongly requested that it leave the nest alone. We
received the following response:

"We have absolutely no intention of evicting any residents from the nest
on the south face of FL2. We do hope to remove the nest eventually, for

Question #:
Answered on:
Thursday, August 7, 2008

Is there any supervision of, or checking up on, the custodians after they
have cleaned? I ask because it is apparent that no cleaning of bathroom
floors or toilets has been done for the last two days. The two bathrooms I
use most often have the same hair and paper scraps on the floor and the
same stains on the toilet seats.

This is not only unsanitary, it is embarrassing because one of these
bathrooms gets traffic from visitors. Are the other bathrooms getting
cleaned properly? Who checks? Do you wait until someone complains? This is

Question #:
Answered on:
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I have noticed in the news a lot of talk about companies going to
compressed work eeks, four-day work weeks, and telecommuting to allow
their employees to save some money on gas. UCAR has this compressed work
week (Flexiplace) listed as an option in its work and family procedures. I
am wondering if Flexiplace will become a better known and more frequently
used option by UCAR employees?

Question #:
Answered on:
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I understand that there were significant financial pressures for delaying
the annual salary increase from June 1 to October 5 to address the Omnibus
Bill, and that the salary increase range movement was adjusted accordingly,
from 2.5% to 2.8%, to account for those extra months the raise will cover.
However, economic conditions have changed in ways that would have been
difficult to foresee when these percents were calculated. According to the
Department of Labor, inflation is currently growing at its fastest pace in
27 years.

Question #:
Answered on:
Friday, July 11, 2008

I appreciate management's efforts to deal with the budget shortfall this
year by delaying the annual pay raises, and I realize that the budget for
next fiscal year is unlikely to be known with certainty until after the new
administration takes office in January. However, I am concerned that the
recently determined pay raises do not include a cost-of-living adjustment
that compensates for the actual inflation in the past year, which has been
about 4% since our last pay raise in June 2007. (See

Question #:
Answered on:
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I have become aware that the Space Planning Committee worked on a master
plan and space guidelines for three years. The plan was accepted, but never
implemented by NCAR. What was the reason for the change?

Question #:
Answered on:
Friday, May 23, 2008

I would like to know why UCAR/NCAR does not have a method in place for
notifying staff of extreme weather events along the Front Range in near
real time.

I was very surprised that staff were not informed about the severe weather
conditions outside of the Boulder area on May 22, the date six tornadoes
touched down in Colorado. A message was circulated in the afternoon that
Boulder was under a tornado warning. However, many NCAR employees live
outside of Boulder in the communities to the north that were directly


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