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Energy’s IG pans notebook PC lapses at Los Alamos

In another blow to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s management, the Energy Department’s inspector general has found inadequate controls over the weapons lab’s classified and unclassified notebook PCs. Approximately 70 percent of the 1,093 new computers purchased during fiscal 2001 and 2002 did not have property numbers and bar coded tags as required by the lab’s own regulations, inspector general Gregory H. Friedman wrote in his most recent report on the embattled New Mexico laboratory. The 762 computers were supposed to—but did not—have property numbers in the lab’s purchase card database. Personal computers are considered sensitive items and must be tracked through the lab’s Property Inventory System. Last December an external review team found that the lab’s purchase card program failed to properly account for such sensitive controlled property as computers. Full Story

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