Energy Secretary Launches Review, Asks For Investigation After ‘White Privilege’ Training Draws Criticism

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Dan Brouillette ordered a review all trainings at DOE facilities after a GOP Senator questioned one of its laboratories spending money on “white privilege” trainings for its executives. The secretary didn’t know about the trainings and has now asked the DOE Inspector General to investigate, the department said.

The review was requested on Aug. 13 by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) “to ensure that taxpayers are no longer required to fund such divisive and ineffective trainings.”

Sandia National Laboratories, which oversees the safety of American nuclear weapons stockpile, paid for the series of trainings last year at a Santa Fe, New Mexico, resort, where its male executives were sent to learn about “white privilege” and the supposed harmfulness of “white male culture.”

“The Department of Energy (DOE) leadership did not have knowledge of or authorize the use of taxpayer dollars for the reported social workshops at the Sandia National Laboratories, or elsewhere,” DOE spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes told The Epoch Times via email.

“The Secretary has directed the NNSA [National Nuclear Security Administration], as well as DOE leadership, to initiate an expedited enterprise-wide review of trainings that take place at all 17 labs, plants, and sites to ensure equal treatment for all employees and contractors.”

Brouillette has also asked DOE’s Inspector General “to initiate its own independent investigation,” she said.

Leaked materials from the sessions were published earlier this month by Christopher Rufo, head of the Center on Wealth and Poverty at the Discovery Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank.

“Employees must expose the ‘roots of white male culture,’ which consists of ‘rugged individualism,’ ‘a can-do attitude,’ ‘hard work,’ and ‘striving towards success’—which sound good, but are in fact ‘devastating’ to women and POCs [people of color],” he said, citing the materials in an Aug. 12 tweet.

“Taxpayers funded this? At a resort?” Hawley responded on Twitter on the day of sending his letter.

Sandia is run by Honeywell, but is wholly government-funded. It has received more than $3.7 billion in federal dollars this ye….

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