WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department on Friday told staff they are banned from taking part in foreign recruitment programs as the agency seeks to stop China and other countries from illegally acquiring sensitive research in supercomputing and other technologies.
Dan Brouillette, the Energy Department’s deputy secretary, said in a memo the agency that recruitment programs sponsored by certain countries “threaten the United States’ economic base by facilitating the unauthorized transfer of technology and intellectual property to foreign governments.”
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Potential recruits are offered prestigious positions at foreign research institutes, labs and universities, it said.
Employees will have to leave the department if they participate in recruitment programs from countries it determines to be “sensitive,” the memo said.
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The Energy Department oversees a network of 17 national labs that work on sensitive issues including advanced nuclear energy, nuclear weapons and supercomputing, some of which is classified.
The memo, first reported by the...
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