August 17, 2011

Impact of Copper Thefts on the Department of Energy

A series of news articles during the last several months have reported increased thefts of copper nationally, including several that have interrupted electrical distribution and telephone service in communities across the country.  The Department of Energy’s laboratories, environmental remediation sites, generating stations and other facilities have not been immune to this problem.  Over the last few years, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has successfully investigated numerous reports of copper thefts from Department sites nationwide.  The OIG believes that there are several practical, cost-effective steps that the Department can take to manage the risk posed by those attempting to pilfer copper inventory and will continue its work in this area. 

Topic: Management & Administration