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    The US National Nuclear Security Administration has not properly implemented a surveillance plan for the country’s atomic weapons stockpile over the past nine years and has no plans to do so, the Government Accountability Office report says.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has not properly implemented a surveillance plan for the country’s atomic weapons stockpile over the past nine years and has no plans to do so, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report issued Wednesday.

    "The Department of Energy's NNSA did not fully implement the Enhanced Surveillance Program as envisioned in the agency's 2007 Surveillance Transformation Project and has not developed a long-term strategy for the program," the report stated.

    According to the GAO, the nuclear safety agency has failed to follow through on plans to strengthen the surveillance program. Instead, the NNSA reduced funding for the program by more than 50 percent from fiscal years 2007 through 2015, the report said.

    The NNSA also did not complete proposed evaluations of aging’s effect on non-nuclear components and materials, and it dropped the assessments as program goals in 2016, the GAO found.

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