Special Report: Review of the Compromise of Security Test Materials at the Y-12 National Security Complex   [open pdf - 734KB]

"Following the July 28, 2012, security breach at the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12), the Department of Energy's Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) was tasked with conducting a comprehensive inspection of the site's security organization. The inspection, initiated on August 27, 2012, included both practical exercises and tests designed to evaluate the knowledge, skills and abilities of the site's Protective Force. At approximately 11:00 pm on the night of August 29, 2012, while conducting performance testing, an HSS inspector discovered a copy of what he identified to be a security knowledge test in the patrol vehicle of a WSI-Oak Ridge (WSI-OR) Protective Force official who was escorting him. The test was one that had been scheduled to be administered to a sample of the Protective Force officers on the following day. The inspector immediately raised concerns regarding what appeared to be a compromise of the upcoming test. Eventually, testing activities were suspended to permit HSS officials to rewrite the test to ensure that the integrity of the inspection was maintained. […] Our inquiry confirmed that the security knowledge test, including answers to the test questions, had been compromised and that it had been distributed in advance of the test to numerous WSI-OR Captains, Lieutenants, and Security Police Officers (SPO), the very people whose knowledge was to have been evaluated as part of this process. […] WSI-OR personnel testified uniformly that there was no intent to cheat on the HSS inspection. While we had no direct evidence to the contrary, we found the credibility of this testimony to be 2 questionable, especially in light of a number of actions that we identified related to the transmission, review and distribution of the test that, at best, demonstrated a lack of due care and negligence. The failure to properly safeguard the test prior to its administration, especially given the intense focus on Y-12 and the security concerns at the site, was, in our opinion, inexplicable and inexcusable."

Report Number:
Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Report No. DOE/IG-0875
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U.S. Dept. of Energy: http://www.energy.gov/
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