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September 12, 2012

By Mia Steinle

'Extensive' Oversight of Nuclear Weapons Facilities Not Such a Bad Idea, After All, Official Says



Daniel B. Poneman A top Department of Energy official has changed his tune on the oversight of security contractors at nuclear weapons facilities after an 82-year-old nun broke into the "Fort Knox of uranium."

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Topics: National Security

September 10, 2012

By Lydia Dennett

Cheating on Security Tests at Y-12 is Nothing New



Nuclear Energy The DOE's Independent Oversight Program recently tested security at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility, but a federal inspector found evidence of cheating--something the security contractor has a history of.

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Topics: Contract Oversight, National Security

August 31, 2012

By Mia Steinle

Break-In Reveals "Ineptitude" at Nuke Facility, Probe Finds



Nuclear Energy A government investigation into the recent break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., blamed longstanding security weaknesses and “troubling displays of ineptitude” by facility personnel.

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Topics: Contract Oversight, National Security

August 31, 2012

By Mia Steinle

Some Senators Want to Waste Big Bucks on Unnecessary Nuke Facility



Some senators want to waste billions of dollars on a nuclear facility that experts, including those in the nuclear industry, say is unneeded.

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Topics: National Security

August 28, 2012

By Peter Stockton

Y-12 Security to Finally Be Tested



After an embarrassing security breach at Y-12 National Security Complex, POGO has learned the Department of Energy’s Office of Independent Oversight Program (IO) will conduct a full review of security at Y-12 before the end August 2012, including a force-o

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Topics: Contract Oversight, National Security

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