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New GAO Report on Nuclear Weapons Complex Security

June 23, 2003 


The General Accounting Office (GAO) will release a new report critical of post-9/11 security at nuclear weapons complexes at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations on Tuesday, June 24, 2003. Emerging Threats: Assessing Nuclear Weapons Complex Facility Security - Hearing - Media Advisory.

According to the GAO, the National Nuclear Security Administration has not been effective in managing the safeguards and security program. The Department of Energy, responsible for security at weapons-grade nuclear material storage facilities, initially resisted providing GAO with access to relevant documents, but ultimately acceded to the Comptroller General's request.

POGO's Executive Director Danielle Brian and whistleblower Ron Timm will testify at the hearing, chaired by Congressman Christopher Shays, R-CT, and scheduled for 9 a.m. in room 2247 Rayburn House Office Building.

At a separate event, POGO's Senior Investigator Peter Stockton and former National Security Council member Rand Beers are among those scheduled to appear at a news conference about 1 p.m. Tuesday following a closed hearing on security at nuclear power plants and weapons facilities sponsored by the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security. The news conference will be in room 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, Science Committee Room.

Brian and Stockton are co-authors of two reports published by POGO concerning the security of domestic nuclear weapons facilities and power plants, particularly in the prevention of a terrorist attack - "Nuclear Power Plant Security: Voices from Inside the Fences," published September 2002, and "U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex: Security At Risk," published October, 2001. Timm also co-authored the second report.

National Security Subcommittee Witnesses:

Panel One

Robin M. Nazzaro, Director
Natural Resources and Environment
U.S. General Accounting Office

James Noel, Assistant Director
Natural Resources and Environment
U.S. General Accounting Office

Jonathan M. Gill, Evaluator
Natural Resources and Environment
U.S. General Accounting Office

Glenn S. Podonsky, Director
Office of Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance
Department of Energy

Panel Two

Linton F. Brooks, Administrator
National Nuclear Security Administration
Department of Energy

Joseph S. Mahaley, Director
Office of Security
Department of Energy

Panel Three

Danielle Brian, Executive Director 
Project on Government Oversight

Ronald E. Timm, President
RETA Security


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