BLACK HOLE @ DOE


BLILEY TO CONDUCT AGGRESSIVE
REVIEW OF SECURITY AT DOE LABS
Announces GAO Investigation & Public Hearing

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 23, 1999 Contact: Christina Gungoll or Peter Sheffield 202.225.5735

WASHINGTON (March 23) -- Unsatisfied with the Department of Energy's long-standing inability to fix security breaches at its labs, Chairman Tom Bliley (R-VA) announced today that he will take action to help find an effective and permanent solution to this very serious national security problem.

In a letter sent to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson today, Chairman Bliley expressed his concern about "the long history of recurring and unresolved security problems at DOE's laboratories."

In an effort to help find a long-term solution to DOE's decade-old security problems, Chairman Bliley made the following announcements today:

(1)In a letter to DOE Secretary Bill Richardson, Bliley announced that the Committee will conduct a very aggressive, bottom-up review of DOE labs with the biggest security risks;

(2)In a letter to the General Accounting Office (GAO), Chairman Bliley requested that GAO conduct a comprehensive investigation of the current status of DOE's safeguards and security programs, including the extent to which prior security recommendations have been effectively implemented and the causes for any failures; and,

(3)Bliley announced that in early April, the Committee will hold a public hearing to educate Members and the public about the recurring security problems at the DOE labs, the causes of the problems, and what can be done to fix them.

In the letter to Richardson, Chairman Bliley also said he is troubled by DOE's long history of "failing to implement in a timely or effective manner security recommendations that have been made by experts within and outside of DOE repeatedly over the past decade."

"It appears that DOE's security problems are not isolated historical events, but rather are endemic to the current DOE management and operations structure," Bliley said in the letter.

Copies of the letters from Bliley to Secretary Richardson and GAO are attached.

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FOIA RESPONSE FROM DEPT. OF ENERGY

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


WASHINGTON, DC 20585

SEPTEMBER 30, 1997

Mr. Charles R. Smith
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RE: FOIA #9705290005

Dear Mr. Smith:

This is in final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated May 21, 1997, for access to information on "LEGISLATION, PLANS, DOCUMENTS, NOTES OR MEETINGS ON EXPORT CONTROL ON SALES OF HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTERS FOR USE IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS LABORATORIES" submitted to the Department of Energy. A search was conducted of the files in the Office of Arms Control and Nonproliferation and responsive documents originated with the Department of Commerce (DOC) were located. As agreed in your telephone conversation this morning with Douglas Downen on my office, your request will be forwarded to DOC for review and direct response.

Please address any inquires to Brenda Dolan, FOIA Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20230. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Downen on 202-586-2123 if you have any questions regarding the disposition of your FOIA request by the Department of Energy.

Thank you for the opportunity to assist you.

Sincerely,

Michael V. McClary
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Office of Arms Control
and Nonproliferation

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