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DOE Broadens Scandal Inquiry to Livermore Lab

January 17, 2003 


National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Acting Administrator Linton Brooks has alerted University of California (UC) Vice President Bruce Darling to expect the Department of Energy's investigation to broaden to also include UC's handling of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

"While our tasking is specific to Los Alamos, since University oversight of Los Alamos and Livermore is conducted under identical contracts, I expect we will also look at the University's relationship with Livermore," Brooks stated in a January 15, 2003 letter.

The letter further included an extensive document request related to the UC's oversight policies. In the letter, Brooks warned Darling "I suggest that you not attempt to generate any specific new documents at this time."

POGO's Executive Director Danielle Brian commented, "I am sure that Acting Administrator Brooks understands that high-sounding policies for oversight are one thing, but implementing oversight responsibilities are quite another. For example, in an effort to clean up their reputation, UC created the position of Vice President for Laboratory Management in 2001, appointing John P. McTague. As the current scandal of mismanagement began to break at Los Alamos in early November 2002, however, McTague resigned without being held responsible for any failed oversight on his part."

To view the letter, click here.

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