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Top Official Resigns as Congress Pushes for Management Changes

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Science  02 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5424, pp. 18
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5424.18

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The controversy over allegations of Chinese spying at U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories claimed its first high-level victim last week with the resignation of Victor Reis, head of the Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear weapons program. Reis had clashed with Energy Secretary Bill Richardson over a proposal moving through the Senate this week to revamp oversight of the agency's bomb-making enterprise, which includes laboratories that conduct both military and civilian research. But the legislation faces many hurdles, and Reis's departure does little to clarify the status or ultimate fate of the weapons labs and the thousands of scientists who work there.