ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lack of managerial oversight at Los Alamos National Laboratory led to improper disclosures of sensitive information, according to a report the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General recently issued.
In a summary of the report released Wednesday, the inspector general said the lab's classification officer at times misclassified national security information. The summary says there were at least six incidents where lab documents were misclassified.
The report said "despite acknowledging that they had received complaints from employees, we found that LANS management officials had not taken action to investigate or resolve alleged violations by the LANL Classification Officer."
The inspector general says it has made recommendations to boost management of information in its full report, which is not being shared with the public.
The investigation partly stems from last year's firing of a lab worker for an article he wrote. Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle had been working for the lab for 17 years and was on the nonproliferation team when he was dismissed.
According to Doyle, the article was approved for publication by the lab's classification office. But lab officials did an about-face after it was published and said portions of the article were classified, Doyle said.
He and his attorney filed an appeal in August of the dismissal of a whistleblower complaint to the Department of Energy Office of Hearings and Appeals.