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Gregory H. Friedman: Before the U.S. House Of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

May 1, 2003

Before the U.S. House Of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Statement of Gregory H. Friedman, Inspector General U.S. Department of Energy

Request to testify on the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) reviews of management practices at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (Laboratory). In February of this year, I testified before this Subcommittee regarding our Special Inquiry report on Operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (DOE/IG-0584, January 2003). That report noted a series of actions taken by Laboratory officials, which obscured serious property and procurement management problems and weakened relevant internal controls. In March, I testified before the House Committee on Government Reform on the Department of Energy’s (Department) contract administration activities, including the need for the Department to more effectively manage certain aspects of contract operations at Los Alamos.