Nuclear Security: DOE Needs to Address Protective Forces' Personnel System Issues, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 748KB]

"The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks raised concerns about the security of Department of Energy's (DOE) sites with weapons-grade nuclear material, known as Category I Special Nuclear Material (SNM). To better protect these sites against attacks, DOE has sought to transform its protective forces protecting SNM into a Tactical Response Force (TRF) with training and capabilities similar to the U.S. military. DOE also has considered whether the current system of separate contracts for protective forces at each site provides sufficiently uniform, high-quality performance across its sites. Section 3124 of PL 110-181, the fiscal year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, directed GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review protective forces at DOE sites that possess Category I SNM. Among other things, GAO (1) analyzed information on the management and compensation of protective forces, (2) examined the implementation of TRF, and (3) assessed DOE's two options to more uniformly manage DOE protective forces. GAO recommends that the Secretary of Energy develop plans to implement the DOE study group's recommendations--and, as needed, conduct research--to enhance protective forces' career longevity and retirement options. DOE generally agreed with the report and the recommendations."

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