Nuclear Nonproliferation: Limited Progress in Improving Nuclear Material Security in Russia and the Newly Independent States

RCED/NSIAD-00-82 Published: Mar 06, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 06, 2000.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Material Protection, Control, and Accounting program, which is designed to improve nuclear material security in Russian facilities, focusing on the: (1) number of buildings that have received nuclear material security systems and the amount of nuclear material that is protected under the systems; and (2) program's costs to date, including a breakdown of program expenditures, the amount of program funds that did not go directly to program activities but have been paid in Russian taxes, and the estimated cost to complete the program.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should develop, and update annually, a cost estimate and a timeframe for the completion of all elements of the Material Protection, Control, and Accounting program. The estimate should include the cost for improving security at all buildings identified as requiring improved nuclear security systems, for efforts to consolidate weapons-usable nuclear material into fewer sites and buildings and to convert it into material that cannot be used for weapons, and for providing assistance to operate and maintain the improved nuclear security systems.
Closed – Implemented
DOE took action to implement the recommendation by issuing a cost estimate and time frame for competing the program however, GAO is still waiting for the official response to its recommendation.

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