Text of Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the recent nuclear weapons security failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...

...Alamos National Laboratory demonstrate that security policy and security procedures within the National Nuclear Security Admi

This simple resolution was agreed to on July 17, 2000. That is the end of the legislative process for a simple resolution. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 17, 2000 (Passed the House (Engrossed)).

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H. Res. 534

In the House of Representatives, U.S.,

July 17, 2000.

Whereas two computer hard drives containing a large quantity of sensitive classified nuclear weapons data at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, were recently missing for an undetermined period of time, exposing them to possible compromise;

Whereas the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, in its report dated June 1999 on security problems at the Department of Energy, concluded that ‘the Department of Energy and the weapons laboratories have a deeply rooted culture of low regard for and, at times, hostility to security issues’;

Whereas in response to longstanding security problems with the nuclear weapons complex and to recommendations made by the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in that report, Congress enacted the National Nuclear Security Administration Act (title XXXII of Public Law 106-65) to establish a semi-autonomous National Nuclear Security Administration with responsibility for the administration of programs for the national security applications of nuclear energy;

Whereas the Special Oversight Panel on Department of Energy Reorganization of the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives concluded in February 2000 that the Department’s plan to implement the provisions of that Act ‘taken as a whole appears to allow continued DOE authority, direction, and control over the NNSA and retain current DOE management, budget, and planning practices and organizational structures’;

Whereas the Secretary of Energy has recognized the need to address nuclear weapons security problems within the Department of Energy and has sought to make improvements;

Whereas the Secretary of Energy, in fulfilling the duties and functions of the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, and the Director of the Office of Security and Emergency Operations of the Department of Energy, in serving as the Chief of Defense Nuclear Security of the National Nuclear Security Administration, were responsible for nuclear weapons security policies and implementation of those policies while the computer hard drives were missing;

Whereas the effective protection of nuclear weapons classified information is a critical responsibility of those individuals entrusted with access to that information; and

Whereas the compromise of the nuclear weapons data stored on the computer hard drives, if confirmed, would constitute a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States and its allies: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that--

      (1) the security failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory revealed to Congress on June 9, 2000, demonstrate the continued inadequacy of nuclear weapons security policy and procedures within the National Nuclear Security Administration and at facilities of the Administration;

      (2) individuals responsible for the implementation, oversight, and management of nuclear weapons security policy and procedures within the Administration and its facilities must be held accountable for their performance; and

      (3) the Administrator for Nuclear Security must take immediate action to improve procedures for the safeguarding of classified nuclear weapons information and correct all identified nuclear weapons security deficiencies within the Administration.