National Labs Faulted in Government Disaster Report

The National Nuclear Security Administration and the national laboratories that track U.S. nuclear weapons stockpiles were faulted in a December GAO report for not fully implementing contingency and disaster recovery plans for their classified supercomputers. The NNSA was also cited for insufficient oversight and failing to track cost estimates for supercomputer recovery efforts, the FierceGovernmentIT website reports.

Supercomputers at Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia national labs provide modeling and simulation data for nuclear weapons and are central to national security, the article says. But only Los Alamos has conducted a formal business impact analysis to determine the impact of a loss, and the analysis lacked specificity.

All three labs back up their data, but Los Alamos has been doing so at sites located less than a mile away from each other – too close for comfort in the wake of a disaster or terrorist attack. The report also cites confusion over responsibility for oversight of contingency and disaster recovery planning between the labs and the NNSA.

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