Documents track lab's security record

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By Roger Snodgrass

A principal nemesis of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), released electronic copies of a series of slide presentations made by lab managers on Sept. 17 to the Department of Energy.The unclassified slides were marked “official use only” and “May be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act.”Of special interest in POGO’s revelation Tuesday were a pair of slides on security incidents at the laboratory from June 2006 through June 2007, which counted 13 top-level security breaches during that period.The text of the slide indicated that seven of the 13 incidents involved people who checked their own work for classification.“POGO is once again making an assertion that is at best inaccurate and at worst misleading,” said LANL spokesperson Kevin Roark. “They characterize this one data point as a debacle, which it isn’t.”He said the lab’s track record graphed on another slide showed that the numbers are trending better.“They showed security improvement, particularly if you go back to ‘04 and ‘05,” he said.

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