Nuclear Security: DOE Needs to Resolve Significant Issues before It Fully Meets the New Design Basis Threat, Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations, Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 343KB]

"A successful terrorist attack on Department of Energy (DOE) sites containing nuclear weapons or the material used in nuclear weapons could have devastating consequences for the site and its surrounding communities. Because of these risks, DOE needs an effective safeguards and security program. A key component of an effective program is the design basis threat (DBT), a classified document that identifies the potential size and capabilities of terrorist forces. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, rendered the then-current DBT obsolete. GAO examined DOE's response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, identified why DOE took almost 2 years to develop a new DBT, analyzed the higher threat in the new DBT, and identified the remaining issues that need to be resolved in order for DOE to meet the threat contained in the new DBT. GAO is making a series of recommendations to the Secretary of Energy to strengthen DOE's ability to meet the requirements of the new DBT and to strengthen the department's ability to deal with future terrorist threats. DOE did not comment on the specific recommendations, but said that it would consider them as part of its Departmental Management Challenges for 2004."

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