Audit: Los Alamos Lab has poor system for fixing problems

Los Alamos National Labs

SANTA FE (AP) – An audit has found that the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s system for solving management problems is lacking.

The report, released Tuesday by the Department of Energy’s Office of the Inspector General, suggests the lab’s corrective action program does not address issues or prevent their recurrence, including on health and safety issues.

The audit looked at almost 200 management issues between January 2009 and February 2014 and found that almost half were closed without addressing the root cause.

The audit wasn’t all bad. The report praised a program that allows employees to raise concerns and have them investigate without retaliation.

A Los Alamos spokesman says the lab is working with the National Nuclear Safety Administration to address the issues found in the audit.

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