Funding cuts from the Department of Energy have forced the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to reduce their workforce. A letter went out to staff today (Tuesday, August 8, 2017) saying the Department of Energy has approved a Workforce Restructuring Plan proposed by UT-Battelle that will reduce ORNL’s workforce by up to 350 positions by the end of the calendar year. He said the reductions will be made primarily among staff who charge to indirect accounts, along with some research staff affected by FY17 funding who could not be placed elsewhere in the lab. Initially, a self-select voluntary separation program will open on Monday, August 14, according to ORNL. Employees can apply from August 14 to September 27. Accepted employees will leave the payroll by December 31, 2017.