Archive: security

More Insecurity At Lawrence Livermore Lab

The Government Accountability Office is taking aim at continuing problems with security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a significant proportion of which is provided by contractors. The place has been bedeviled by questions about breaches in recent years, some of them really over the top. One year ago, a government...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | April 15, 2009; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

Los Alamos Security Woes Worsen, Again

Double yikes: Still more computers are missing from Los Alamos National Labs. Just weeks after the Project On Government Oversight revealed ongoing security problems at Los Alamos, the group obtained a memo in which security officials acknowledge that 67 computers are considered missing and that 13 have been stolen in...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | February 12, 2009; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (5)

More Security Problems Turn Up At Los Alamos

The Project On Government Oversight has found evidence of more security breaches at Los Alamos National Laboratory -- one of the places in America's security-industrial complex that's supposed to be safe. You all may recall multiple reports over the last few years of impossible-seeming breaches at the top-secret protected weapons...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | February 2, 2009; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

State Department Cancels Iraq Contract With Blackwater

The State Department will not renew Blackwater Worldwide's contract for securities services in Iraq, according to media reports today, ending one of the most controversial government deals in recent memory. Blackwater and its affiliates have received about $1.3 billion this decade -- most of it through State Department contracts. The...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | January 30, 2009; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (30)

Nuke Insecurity?

Remember the stories about the incredible security breaches at Los Alamos National Laboratory? Investigators found the place was riddled with security violations, some that allowed an employee to secret out more than 1,000 classified documents. Now comes a Time Magazine report about the vulnerabilities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory....

 

By Robert O'Harrow | May 14, 2008; 05:57 AM ET | Comments (7)

Nuke Detection Beat Goes On -- Redux

For months, Government Accountability Office auditors have been stymied in efforts to review data about a new generation of radiation detection equipment that Bush administration officials have described as vital to national security. Hundreds of the machines, known as advanced spectroscopic portal radiation monitors, were to be bought and...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | December 4, 2007; 06:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nukes, Detectors and Questions

Sen. Charles Schumer has asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to consider cancelling $1.2 billion worth of contracts with three companies for a new kind of radiation detection machine for use on the nation's borders. Schumer made his requset in a letter last week, following a story in...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | November 26, 2007; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Data and Intelligence

Government Computer News has a couple of telling stories going. Both involve government collaboration with private vendors to develop new ways of using personal information and intelligence. One story is about All-Source Intelligence Environment, known also as Alien. The Defense Intelligence Agency team behind the project is relying on...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | November 6, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (3)

Nukes, Monitors and Questions

I have a story in The Post today reporting that tensions continue to simmer between Congress and the Department of Homeland Security over a $1.2 billion contract for new radiation monitors to screen trucks, cars and cargo containers for signs of nuclear weapons. Congress and the department's Domestic Nuclear...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | August 16, 2007; 05:41 AM ET | Comments (18)

Watching The Guards

The private security industry is fascinating, in part because it plays an important role in protecting nuclear plants, government offices and military bases. Some of these companies have hundreds of millions in federal contracts. Prime contractors on government deals include Alaskan Native Corporations, which the Pentagon and other federal...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | August 15, 2007; 04:59 AM ET | Comments (6)

Data Processing, Security Breach

My colleague Renae Merle got an interesting disclosure from SAIC on Friday. It seems the federal contracting giant wanted to fess up to a security breach involving personal information about hundreds of thousands of people in the military and their families. The press release was headlined "SAIC Addresses Possible...

 

By Robert O'Harrow | July 23, 2007; 06:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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