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The release of the BLS’s employment situation report might be the most hotly anticipated, market moving event each month.However, the guardians of the report, which is typically released on the first Friday of the month at 8:30 AM EST, are worried about the information getting out early.
From CNBC’s Eamon Javers:
CNBC has learned that the Department of labour has asked Sandia National Laboratories — the organisation that ensures the safety of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile — to scrutinize the security procedures surrounding the release of monthly jobs report data.
Separately, officials at the U.S. Energy Information Administration tell CNBC they have taken steps to block computers operating from certain Internet protocol addresses from accessing the administration’s website, arguing that some users appear to have a “malicious intent” to slow down the website’s release of data for the general public while speeding it up for themselves.
Officials describe the moves as a new round in an ongoing battle between the government, which strives to release information in a fair and orderly way, and financial market players constantly trying to gain an informational advantage over their rivals.