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December 17, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles



Government Accountability In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

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Topics: National Security

November 20, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

CMRR-NF Cancelled, but Questions Linger



Nuclear Symbol The Department of Energy cancelled plans to construct the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement – Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF). DOE plans to update existing facilities and to construct modular facilities, but questions still linger.

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Topics: National Security

November 14, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor Used Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby for Taxpayer Dollars



Sandia National Laboratory The Department of Energy Inspector General has confirmed allegations that the contractor managing Sandia National Laboratory illegally used taxpayer dollars to lobby Department officials and Members of Congress for a contract extension.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 4, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Contractor Hired to Manage Construction of UPF



Y-12 The contractor currently managing the Y-12 National Security Complex just awarded a subcontract to it's parent company, Bechtel National, for the final design and construction work on the Uranium Processing Facility.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 28, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

No News on the Uranium Processing Facility May Be Good News



UPF The Government Accountability Office released its fourth report on the proposed Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 nuclear complex, and indicates that alternatives to this multi-billion-dollar boondoggle are finally being explored.

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Topics: National Security

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