Punish Guards for Cheating on Recertification Exam at Nuclear Weapons Plant

Target: Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Goal: Seek repercussions for those who cheated on a recertification exam at a nuclear weapons plant so as to ensure national security.

Before a recertification exam at Y-12 National Security Complex (a nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee), exam questions and answers were given out by contracted officials to the guards who about to take the exam. An inspector visiting the plant saw the exam in the car of one of the guards on the day before the guards were to take the exam. Regardless of the material on the exam, this is an example of serious government misconduct and should be dealt with as such. Urge the Department of Energy to treat this breach of security seriously, and seek repercussions against those found cheating on the test.

The federal official who distributed the test encrypted the exam information and sent it only to “trusted agents” at the management contractor B&W; however, this person did not instruct those “trusted agents” to keep the information secure. You would think that this order need not be specifically given, as it was an encrypted exam, but obviously the following needs to be explicitly stated: “Do not share the exam and answers with those who will be taking the exam.”

On the large scale, this was a minor oversight and easily corrected, a seeming case of real life “telephone” where instructions get garbled the farther they get from the source. However, the fact of the matter is that this oversight occurred during a security test at a nuclear weapons plant, where there are no minor oversights. While the blame can be passed from the federal agency to the contracted officials to the trusted agents at the management contractor office to the guards who accepted the exam and answers and did not speak up about it, the reality is that all of these people are to blame and the process itself needs to be fixed. Sign this petition and urge the Y-12 National Security Complex to correct their chain of command and instate punishment for cheating on this exam.


Dear Y-12 National Security Complex,

Perhaps the fact that an exam testing the security practices at a nuclear weapons plant ought to be honestly given and taken escaped the several chains of command that the exam passed through. This needs to be fixed. We are urging that repercussions for this cheating be sought and that methods of communication be perfected so that exams and exam answers are not passed out during daily officer meetings.

The question here is the security of the Y-12 National Security Complex as well as that of the nation. Earlier this year there was another security breach when an 82-year-old nun broke onto the facility and made her way, with accomplices, to a building housing bomb fuel. How are we, as a nation, supposed to feel safe and justified in security at a nuclear weapons plant when 82-year-old women are breaking onto the site and guards are cheating on security exams? Please conduct a thorough investigation and seek repercussions for those responsible in these breaches of security.


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