"It was a large amount of funds the department was provided with," said Rickey Hass, the deputy inspector general for audits and inspections at the Energy Department where more than $1 billion has been questioned by auditors and congressional overseers. "Dealing with that was trying to hook a garden hose to a fire hydrant. It was difficult to put that money through the existing infrastructure."
"Federal officials at Livermore knew about it and didn't take any action," said Rickey Hass, a deputy inspector general at the Energy Department. "The work itself was not really the issue, but it was inappropriate in that it may have competed with private sector organizations and was funded with money that should have not been used for that purpose. It also wasn't necessarily reported with complete transparency."