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Energy Department IG urges tighter security at labs

Energy Department Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman has recommended that the department’s national laboratories tighten security over classified projects, including advanced computer research, in the wake of an audit that found gaps in the labs’ security controls. DOE officials in the Offices of Science and Security generally agreed with the recommendations but said that the department, as a whole, had adequately controlled sensitive technologies. The IG’s Audit Report, Safeguards Over Sensitive Technology, posted here reflected reviews of the Sandia, Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. It focused on almost 200 cooperative research and development agreements and so-called work-for-others projects that that the labs carried out with outside organizations. Full Story

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