By MIA STEINLE
In 2010, a top Department of Energy official wrote a memo saying government contractors responsible for safety and security at nuclear weapons facilities should be spared "excessive Federal oversight."
The official, Deputy Secretary Daniel B. Poneman, also said contractors managing the facilities should be allowed to operate without “overly prescriptive Departmental requirements.”
What a difference a nun makes.
When a House subcommittee convened Wednesday to probe how an 82-year-old nun and two other peace activists managed to penetrate one of the most sensitive facilities in the nation’s nuclear weapons complex, Poneman emphasized that the contractors need extensive government oversight.
“Safety and security are key performance standards and elements of every contract and extensive oversight is required to ensure stewardship as well as legal and regulatory requirements are met,” Poneman said in written testimony.