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Los Alamos failed to track its computers, feds report

In another blow to a flailing lab, the Energy Department’s inspector general said Monday that Los Alamos Laboratory failed to properly track thousands of laptop and desktop computers, including several with classified information. The finding is just the most recent report of accounting irregularities, purchasing system defects and business system failures since last fall, when the New Mexico weapons lab’s problems came to light because of two fired whistleblowers. Their claims have led to dozens of internal and external reviews that will culminate this week with a decision on the lab’s future. On Wednesday, the DOE will announce if the University of California will lose its contract to run the lab. There is no way to know how the new inspector general’s report will factor into the DOE’s decision, to be followed Thursday by a House hearing on UC management. Full Story

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