All Agencies (A-Z) » Department of Energy, Executive
Department of Energy, Executive (121 - 130 of 1,852 items)
Information Technology: Potentially Duplicative Investments Exist at the Departments of Defense and Energy
GAO-12-462T: Published: Feb 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 2012.
Although the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security utilize various processes to prevent and reduce investment in duplicative programs and systems, potentially duplicative IT investments exist. Further complicating agencies ability to identify and address duplicative investments is miscategorization of investments within agencies. Each of the agencies has recently initiated pl...
Firms Reported in Open Sources to Have Sold Iran Refined Petroleum Products Declined Since June 30, 2010
GAO-12-321R: Published: Jan 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2012.
Irans involvement in illicit nuclear activities, support for terrorism, and abuse of human rights has led the United States, as well as other nations, to impose sanctions in an attempt to curb these activities. According to the Department of State (State), the sanctions are intended to, among other things, target sectors of the Iranian economy that are relevant to Irans proliferation a...
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: Additional Opportunities Exist to Streamline Support Functions at NNSA and Office of Science Sites
GAO-12-255: Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.
Support function costs at NNSA and Science sites for fiscal years 2007 through 2011 are not fully known because DOE changed its data collection approach beginning in 2010 to improve its data and, as a result, does not have complete and comparable cost data for all years. In fiscal years 2007 through 2009, total support costs for NNSA and Science sites grew from $5 billion to about $5.5 billion (no...
Department of Energy: Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Could Benefit from Information on Applicants' Prior Funding
GAO-12-112: Published: Jan 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.
ARPA-E uses four selection criteria, such as the potential impact of the proposed technology relative to the state of the art, and other considerations in awarding funds. Other considerations include balancing a variety of technology approaches and the likelihood the technology would be brought to market. GAO identified 18 out of 121 award winners through ARPA-Es first three funding rounds t...
Department of Energy: Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Could Improve Its Collection of Information from Applications
GAO-12-407T: Published: Jan 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.
Since first receiving an appropriation in 2009 in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, ARPA-E has awarded $521.7 million to universities, public and private companies, and national laboratories to fund 181 projects that attempt to make transformationalrather than incrementaladvances to a variety of energy technologies, including high-energy batteries and renewable...
Recovery Act: Progress and Challenges in Spending Weatherization Funds
GAO-12-195: Published: Dec 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2011.
As of September 2011, the 58 state-level grant recipients were awarded approximately $4.75 billion from DOE to implement the Weatherization Assistance Program under the Recovery Act and reported spending about $3.46 billion (about 73 percent). DOE expects to meet or exceed its production target of 607,000 homes and spend most of the acts funds because some recipients have been able to exceed...
Green Building: Federal Initiatives for the Nonfederal Sector Could Benefit from More Interagency Collaboration
GAO-12-79: Published: Nov 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2011.
Economic, environmental, and health concerns have spurred interest in "green building"--construction and maintenance practices designed to make efficient use of resources, reduce environmental problems, and provide long-term financial and health benefits. Federal laws and executive orders direct agencies to meet green building standards in federal buildings and to foster green building in the nonf...
Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options: DOE Needs to Enhance Planning for Technology Assessment and Collaboration with Industry and Other Countries
GAO-12-70: Published: Oct 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.
More demand for electricity and concerns about greenhouse gas emissions have increased interest in nuclear power, which does not rely on fossil fuels. However, concerns remain about the radioactive spent fuel that nuclear reactors generate. The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a research and development (R&D) plan to select nuclear fuel cycles and technologies, some of which reprocess spent fuel...
Technology Assessment: Neutron Detectors: Alternatives to Using Helium-3
GAO-11-753: Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2011.
Neutron detectors are used to detect neutron radiation in science, security, and other applications. For example, large-area detectors detect neutrons at science facilities across the world and radiation portal monitors screen vehicles and cargo at ports and border crossings for nuclear material that terrorists could use in a nuclear weapon. Helium-3 is a critical component of such neutron detecto...
Energy Star: Providing Opportunities for Additional Review of EPA's Decisions Could Strengthen the Program
GAO-11-888: Published: Sep 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2011.
American consumers, businesses, utilities, and federal and state agencies rely on the Energy Star product labeling program to identify more efficient products that lower their energy costs. Even with the program's successes, several reports by GAO and others have identified weaknesses in the Energy Star program. The program, which began in 1992 and was reauthorized in 2005, has been jointly admini...