November 27, 2002

DO YOUR JOB, GET FIRED:

Senior investigators hired to root out fraud and corruption at Los Alamos National Laboratory have been fired — just days after revealing what they knew to officials with the Department of Energy’s inspector general.

Armed guards escorted Glenn Walp and Steven Doran out of their offices on Monday, a half-hour after Stan Busboom, director of security, informed the pair that they were not “suitable fit(s) for the requirements of (their) position(s)” at the lab’s Office of Security Inquiries.

Over the past several months, Walp and Doran had led a series of high-profile investigations that generated a tide of bad publicity for the birthplace of the atom bomb.

It’s this kind of stuff that explains why people don’t trust the whole Homeland Security enterprise.