Friday, March 18, 2005

Brooks: LANL shutdown cost $357 million

Brooks: LANL shutdown cost $357 million

Last Update: 03/18/2005 5:00:06 PM
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Last year’s shutdown at Los Alamos National Laboratory may have cost the government up to $357 million.

That’s the figure Linton Brooks gave to Congress Friday. Brooks is the Energy Department’s undersecretary for nuclear security.

Research at the lab came to a halt last July after a report that two computer disks containing classified information disappeared. Thousands of employees were told to stop their normal work. A later report confirmed the disks never existed.

Some members of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on investigations questioned why the University of California, which runs the lab, was not charged for some of the losses.

Lab officials estimate the shutdown costs to be about a third of the energy department’s figure. Their estimate does not include the cost of work that was delayed because of the shutdown.

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