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NNSA should remain within Energy Department despite overlap with other agencies, says panel

As National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories shift away from a focus on nuclear projects and undertake more assignments from other agencies to address broader national security concerns, a larger debate over their governance has also emerged.

New report examines nuclear weapons materials that have gone missing

Despite a greater focus on nuclear terrorism as a top threat to international security, a new report tries to shed light on nuclear weapons materials that have gone missing – an area that has gotten very little scrutiny.

Audit: Systems used for reporting, fixing issues at nuclear weapons plant need improvement

Systems developed to identify and correct problems at a U.S. nuclear weapons plant are generally working, but an internal Energy Department audit found certain aspects could be improved by the new contractor now managing the facility.  

IG: Space-based sensors being developed to detect nuclear detonations needs greater oversight

The Energy Department inspector general said it could not independently validate whether space-based sensors being developed to detect nuclear detonations globally will be delivered on time and on budget to the Air Force.

DoD: Budget constraints mean military "will accept risk" in countering WMDs

The new Defense Department strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction reflects how even the military's most critical missions are subject to the realities of an era of limited budgets. The strategy, released June 30, replaces a counter-WMD strategy that the department published eight years ago.

DOE 'exacerbated' lax safety culture tied to nuclear waste accident

Independent investigators within the Energy Department blame the department for worsening the safety culture at a nuclear waste facility where radioactive material leaked into the environment in February.

Federal prosecutors charge three in chemical weapon lab sales to Syria

Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Wednesday against three men accused of illegally exporting laboratory equipment to Syria since 2003.

Democratic lawmakers criticize CFATS authorization bill

Democratic lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee raised misgivings about the CFATS reauthorization bill during a subcommittee hearing on the newly proposed legislation.

Y-12 penetrators sentenced to 3 or more years in federal prison

Three anti-nuclear protestors who in 2012 broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex, including a now 84-year-old nun, received sentences ranging from nearly three years to more than five years during a Feb. 18 hearing at the federal court in Knoxville, Tenn.

CFATS likely to accumulate a new inspection backlog

A limited size inspector cadre for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program means that the Homeland Security Department may be supposed to start re-inspecting chemical facilities for security plan compliance before it has finished the work of conducting the first round of inspections on all regulated facilities, says the Congressional Research Service.