Nuclear Security: Security Issues at DOE and Its Newly Created National Nuclear Security Administration
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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In this report the General Accounting Office GAO provides its observations on the Department of Energys DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administrations NNSA security programs to protect against theft, sabotage, espionage, terrorism, and other risks to national security at its facilities. Congress established NNSA on March 1, 2000, as a semi-autonomous agency within DOE with responsibility for the nations nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation activities, and naval reactors programs. NNSA was established to correct long-standing management and security problems at DOEs nuclear facilities. GAOs testimony focuses on 1 oversight of safeguards and security programs at DOE and 2 security issues with NNSA. This testimony is based on GAOs numerous reviews of security at DOE--in particular, GAOs recently issued report to the full Committee entitled Improvements Needed in DOEs Safeguards and Security Oversight --and testimony presented earlier this month before the House Armed Services Special Oversight Panel on Department of Energy Reorganization. Sound management and independent oversight of security at DOEs nuclear facilities is critical to ensure that security problems are identified, raised to the attention of the highest levels in DOE, and corrected. DOE has recently made a number of improvements to its security oversight. However, GAOs February report to the Committee discussed several areas where security oversight could be further strengthened.
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