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Senate bill would spin off DOE weapons programs

The Senate last week passed a bill that would create an Agency for Nuclear Stewardship within the Energy Department that would manage DOE's nuclear weapons programs. The measure, an amendment by Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), was included in a broader bill authorizing intelligence programs.

Under the plan, DOE's Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories would become part of the new agency, as would nuclear weapons plants and other programs having to do with weapons research, production and nonproliferation.

Although the Clinton administration supports the general thrust of the bill, officials and Congress are negotiating the details.

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GAO: NARA should do e-records survey

In a report issued last week, the General Accounting Office said the National Archives and Records Administration should go forward with a survey to assess agencies' electronic records management capabilities.

NARA had decided to postpone the survey until its own business process re-engineering study is completed in about two years. But the survey results are "critical" to ensuring that NARA's BPR results "are relevant to the current ERM situations at agencies," the report said.

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Grant awarded for records research

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded two universities a $424,796 grant to research the long-term preservation of vital digital records. The grant, given to the University at Albany State University of New York and the University of California at Los Angeles, is part of the International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems Project.

The NHPRC is part of the National Archives and Records Administration. NARA also is funding similar projects.

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