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Nuclear Weapons: Annual Assessment of the Safety, Performance, and Reliability of the Nation's Stockpile
GAO-07-243R: Published: Feb 2, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2007.
In 1992, the United States began a unilateral moratorium on the underground testing of nuclear weapons. Prior to the moratorium, underground nuclear testing was a critical component for evaluating and certifying nuclear warheads. In 1993, the Department of Energy (DOE), at the direction of the President and the Congress, established the Stockpile Stewardship Program to increase understanding of th...
National Nuclear Security Administration: Security and Management Improvements Can Enhance Implementation of the NNSA Act
GAO-07-428T: Published: Jan 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2007.
During the late 1990s, the Department of Energy (DOE) experienced difficulties with a lack of clear management authority and responsibility that contributed to security problems at the nation's nuclear weapons laboratories and management problems with major projects. In response, Congress created the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) as a separately organized agency within DOE under...
National Nuclear Security Administration: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Management of the Nation's Nuclear Programs
GAO-07-36: Published: Jan 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2007.
In response to security and management weaknesses, in 1999 the Congress created the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a separately organized agency within the Department of Energy (DOE). NNSA is responsible for the nation's nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and naval reactors programs. Since its creation, NNSA has continued to experience security problems, such as unauthorized acce...
Managing Sensitive Information: Actions Needed to Ensure Recent Changes in DOE Oversight Do Not Weaken an Effective Classification System
GAO-06-785: Published: Jun 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2006.
In recent years, the Congress has become increasingly concerned that federal agencies are misclassifying information. Classified information is material containing national defense or foreign policy information determined by the U.S. government to require protection for reasons of national security. GAO was asked to assess the extent to which (1) DOE's training, guidance, and oversight ensure that...
Nuclear Weapons: Views on Proposals to Transform the Nuclear Weapons Complex
GAO-06-606T: Published: Apr 26, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2006.
Over the past several years, a serious effort has begun to comprehensively reevaluate how the United States maintains its nuclear deterrent and what the nation's approach should be for transforming its aging nuclear weapons complex. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a separately organized agency within the Department of Energy, is responsible for overseeing this weapons complex,...
Nuclear Weapons: NNSA Needs to Refine and More Effectively Manage Its New Approach for Assessing and Certifying Nuclear Weapons
GAO-06-261: Published: Feb 3, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2006.
In 1992, the United States began a unilateral moratorium on the testing of nuclear weapons. To compensate for the lack of testing, the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) developed the Stockpile Stewardship Program to assess and certify the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear stockpile without nuclear testing. In 2001, NNSA's weapons laboratories began...
Stand-Down of Los Alamos National Laboratory: Total Costs Uncertain; Almost All Mission-Critical Programs Were Affected but Have Recovered
GAO-06-83: Published: Nov 18, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2005.
On July 16, 2004, the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) declared a suspension, or stand-down, of laboratory operations to address safety and security concerns. LANL is one of three laboratories that conduct nuclear weapons research for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). In deciding to stand down operations, LANL's director...
Department of Energy: Additional Opportunities Exist for Reducing Laboratory Contractors' Support Costs
GAO-05-897: Published: Sep 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 2005.
In fiscal year 2004, about two-thirds of the Department of Energy's (DOE) $26.9 billion in spending went to 28 major facilities--laboratories, production and test facilities, and nuclear waste cleanup and storage facilities. DOE spent about $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2004 to support the mission of its five largest laboratories. GAO was asked to examine (1) recent trends in indirect and functional...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Better Management Controls Needed for Some DOE Projects in Russia and Other Countries
GAO-05-828: Published: Aug 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2005.
The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2004 mandated that we assess the management of threat reduction and nonproliferation programs that the Departments of Defense and Energy each administer. The objective of this report is to assess how the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) implements management controls, which we define here to be the processes ensuri...
Nuclear Security: Actions Needed by DOE to Improve Security of Weapons-Grade Nuclear Material at Its Energy, Science and Environment Sites
GAO-05-934T: Published: Jul 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2005.
A successful terrorist attack on a Department of Energy (DOE) site containing nuclear weapons material could have devastating effects for the site and nearby communities. DOE's Office of the Under Secretary for Energy, Science and Environment (ESE), which is responsible for DOE operations in areas such as energy research, manages five sites that contain weapons-grade nuclear material. A heavily ar...