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National Nuclear Security Administration: Safeguards and Security

The program protects National Nuclear Security Administration personnel, facilities, nuclear weapons, and information from a full spectrum of threats, most notably from terrorism, which has become paramount concern post September 11, 2001.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program has dramatically improved its overall management and performance. The performance metrics are clear, meaningful, and measurable. The program has strong linkage between performance goals and quantifiable outcomes. For example, the measures include the ratings of independent reviews, which are particularly helpful in assessing overall program performance.
  • While significant progress has been made in establishing a requirements-based Defense Nuclear Security program budget, there is still an inadequate understanding of whether or not the allocation of resources between each site and program functional area, is properly balanced to maximize the overall effectiveness of individual site and complex-wide security.
  • Although external security expectations continue to increase in concert with emerging policy changes, site security program performance has not kept pace as evidenced by reduced independent oversight ratings and numerous recommendations from both the GAO and DOE IG. Additionally, the DOE IG has noted inadequate follow-up associated with some previous audit recommendations.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Developing Design Basis Threat (DBT) implementation plans to prioritize and manage the work and also developing a new measure to track progress in successfully meeting the DBT requirements.
  • Developing site program budget reviews and implementing enhancements to the program development and evaluation processes.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of contractor oversight processes and refining expectations for Federal oversight of the Security Contractors.

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