Mitigating Security Risks[Download a copy of DOE/IG-0791 here.]
Weaknesses in the Department's foreign visits and assignments program increase the security risk for the Department's facilities and information. For example, at least one visitor accessed a laboratory using a valid identification badge on two occasions the month after his assignment had been revoked. Site officials were unaware of the unauthorized access until we brought it to their attention.
The unauthorized access is exacerbated by the fact that the same visitor's background check had expired four months prior to the two unauthorized visits, which were made after the site's normal operating hours. Due to the fact that foreign national maintained an active visit and security badge in laboratory systems, he was able to access the site without question. Neither the host nor other site officials could explain his purpose or whereabouts on the site. The situation could have been avoided had the visit been closed and site access terminated at the same time the assignment was revoked.
Mar 27, 2008
Unclassified Foreign Visits and Assignments Program
The DOE IG's Office of Audit Services released a Special Report today on The Department's Unclassified Foreign Visits and Assignments Program. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, perhaps our readers could help out. Here's an excerpt: