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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

September 22, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Energy Labs Feel the Heat as Their Effectiveness Is Examined



National Labs A commission established to review the effectiveness of the United States' national lab system has met for the second time, a day before a group of Senators announced the creation of a National Labs Caucus to push back against potential consolidation.

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Topics: National Security

June 21, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

DOE Contracting Mismanagement Cost Taxpayers Over $450,000



Heather WIlson The Department of Energy has mishandled yet another nuclear lab contractor, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars without requesting or recording a single deliverable.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 20, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DOE Contracting Woes Continue



National Laboratories The Department of Energy Inspector General found subcontract audit weaknesses with nine Management and Operating contractors. Subcontracts totaling nearly $1 billion had not been audited or were reviewed in a manner that did not meet audit standards, which

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 28, 2013

By Neil Gordon

DOE Watchdog Sniffs Out More Waste at National Labs



Watchdog In a new report, the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General found that the agency had improperly awarded salary increases for several executive employees of the contractor overseeing cleanup at the Oak Ridge nuclear facility.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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