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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Jan. 17, 2003

JOINT STATEMENT BY GLENN A. WALP, STEVEN L. DORAN AND SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Senior officials of the University of California, former Los Alamos National Laboratory Office of Security Inquiries employees Glenn A. Walp and Steven L. Doran, and their attorney Lynne Bernabei met today (January 17, 2003) at the University of California Office of the President in Oakland, California.

Today’s meeting lasted approximately four hours and covered a range of issues, including the investigations conducted by Messrs. Walp and Doran while employed at the laboratory, the nature of their findings and how those findings were received by then-laboratory management, as well as the circumstances surrounding their dismissals as employees at the lab.

Our discussions were candid and constructive, and were of great assistance both in helping the university get to the bottom of the allegations regarding improper business practices at the Los Alamos laboratory and in resolving the issues between Messrs. Walp and Doran and the University. We clearly share a commitment to uncover the truth about the laboratory’s business practices, including property identified as lost, stolen or missing over the last five years; to report all criminal matters to the appropriate authorities; and to restore the nation’s focus on the laboratory’s preeminence in science and technology.

The meeting came about in the following way: A special review team of University officials looking into the Los Alamos laboratory’s business practices was visiting the laboratory on November 25, 2002, when it was informed at lunch that Messrs. Walp and Doran had been dismissed by the laboratory earlier in the day. On December 20, 2002, in response to correspondence from Ms. Bernabei, University officials requested a meeting to explore the issues raised by Messrs. Walp and Doran. Today provided the first mutually available opportunity for the parties to discuss those issues.

We have agreed to continue these discussions. In the meantime, Messrs. Walp and Doran will be placed under contract to the UC Office of the President at their former salary, retroactive to the date of their dismissal by then-managers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. We believe this is a productive first step toward resolving the issues between the parties in full recognition that more needs to be done. We also agreed that it would be premature to discuss any additional details of our discussions at this time.

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