Report blames DOE for compromised security test

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Posted: Oct 31, 2012 5:26 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal investigation into how security guards at a Tennessee nuclear weapons plant got advance copies of test questions faults the Department of Energy's oversight of private contractors.

DOE inspector general Gregory H. Friedman said in a report Wednesday the questions were widely distributed in August before an upcoming test of guards at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge.

The plant came under scrutiny after three protesters defaced a building there that houses the nation's bomb-grade uranium.

The report says DOE's "eyes on, hands off" approach to contractor management required sending the test to security firm WSI-OR for review and input. It said similar compromises may have occurred at other sites.

The report recommended more oversight, which the DOE said is too costly.