Nuclear Weapons: Year 2000 Status of the Nation's Nuclear Weapons Stockpile

RCED-99-272R Published: Aug 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1999.
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GAO reviewed the actions the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors have taken to determine if any year 2000 problems exist with the nation's nuclear weapons or supporting ancillary equipment.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Energy To serve as a basis for the certification of year 2000 readiness of nuclear weapons, DOE should require Sandia National Laboratories to thoroughly document the year 2000 assessments performed, including the scope of the assessments; documents, diagrams, and software reviewed; discussions held; and logic used.
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In a November 10, 1999, letter, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs stated that DOE had complied with the recommendation and that the Sandia National Laboratory had documented the Y2K assessments it had performed on the nuclear weapons stockpile.

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