The Latest: Congress drops bid to ease nuke agency control
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on legislation to remove the National Nuclear Security Administration from direct control of the Energy Department (all times local):
Congress is abandoning an effort to loosen Cabinet control over an agency responsible for securing the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
A provision in a defense policy bill would have removed the National Nuclear Security Administration from direct control of the Energy Department.
Aides said Monday that the provision was dropped as House and Senate lawmakers negotiated a compromise defense bill that could come up for a vote in the House this week.
The Trump administration and senior lawmakers from both parties opposed the nuclear provision, but it was included in a defense bill passed by the Senate in June.
A report by the Senate Armed Services Committee cites a “flawed DOE organizational process” that has led to “weak accountability … and poor contract management” at the nuclear agency.