Energy asking for millions for security
- By Judi Hasson
- Jun 14, 2000
The Energy Department is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in the
fiscal 2001 budget to dramatically increase security at its defense facilities.
Even before the latest breach of security was disclosed at Los Alamos National
Laboratory, chief information officer John Gilligan said the request was
part of the appropriations process to make major security improvements at
Among the facilities he would like to upgrade are Los Alamos and Sandia
in New Mexico and the national laboratory in Rome, N.Y.
In an interview, Gilligan said the exact amount of the request is currently
classified, but it is not part of the so-called "black budget" for security
measures. He said the money would be used for measures such as a secure
Internet link between DOE headquarters and the field and secure video for
At the House Commerce Committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee,
committee members expressed dismay that not enough money had been allocated
for security at DOE in the wake of last year's spy scandal involving scientist
Wen Ho Lee.
Eugene E. Habiger, director of the DOE's Office of Security and Emergency
Operations, acknowledged that more money and better organization is needed
to combat the problem.
"If we had received adequate funding, our performance would have been better,"
he told the panel.