Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise: Observations on the National Nuclear Security Administration's Oversight of Safety, Security, and Project Management, Statement of Mark Gaffigan, Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 253KB]

"NNSA [National Nuclear Security Administration] is responsible for managing nuclear weapon- and nonproliferation-related national security activities in laboratories and other facilities, collectively known as the nuclear security enterprise. Major portions of NNSA's mission are largely carried out by contractors at each site within the enterprise. GAO [Government Accountability Office] has designated contract management at NNSA as an area at high risk for fraud, waste, and abuse. Progress has been made, but GAO continues to identify problems such as inadequate oversight of safety and security as well as cost and schedule overruns on major projects. With NNSA proposing to spend tens of billions of dollars to modernize the nuclear security enterprise, it is important to ensure scarce resources are spent in an effective and efficient manner. This testimony addresses (1) DOE's [Department of Energy] and NNSA's safety and security oversight and (2) NNSA's project and contract management. It is based on prior GAO reports issued from August 2000 to July 2012. DOE and NNSA continue to act on the numerous recommendations GAO has made to improve NNSA's management of the nuclear security enterprise. GAO will continue to monitor DOE's and NNSA's implementation of these recommendations."

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