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Inspection Report: IG-0482

September 28, 2000

Allegations Concerning the Department of Energy’s Site Safeguards and Security Planning Process

The Director, Office of Security and Emergency Operations provided the Office of Inspector General with a letter he had received which raised allegations of serious improprieties in the Department of Energy’s Site Safeguards and Security Planning (SSSP) process. Specifically, the letter included allegations that a number of people within the Department were “lying in the reporting of the actual status of security” at the Department’s most important nuclear sites, and that a contractor’s findings under the SSSP Quality Assurance (QA) process were either ignored or not acted upon in a timely manner. In addition, it was alleged that “illegal” retaliation was taken against those who were trying to correct the Department’s security problems through SSSP reviews or through assistance to a special assistant to the Secretary on Department security issues. The Office of Inspector General initiated an inspection to evaluate these issues.