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Department of Energy: Budget Trends and Oversight
GAO-12-659T: Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.
Recent GAO work found that funding increases have expanded or created Department of Energy (DOE) programs with varying results. For example:Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awards grants to projects that help develop high-risk energy technologies. Since fiscal year 2009 the program has received $855 million to fund energy projects that industry by itself was not likely to undertak...
Recovery Act: Status of Science-Related Funding
GAO-12-279T: Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) is intended to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery, among other things. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2011 that the Recovery Act would cost $840 billion, including more than $40 billion in science-related activities at the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Commerce, the National Aeronautics...
Federal Energy Management: Agencies Are Taking Steps to Meet High-Performance Federal Building Requirements, but Face Challenges
GAO-10-22: Published: Oct 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2009.
The federal government is the nation's largest energy consumer. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) establishes high-performance federal building requirements that include reducing energy use and managing storm water runoff. The Department of Energy (DOE), General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are...
Federal Research: DOE Is Providing Independent Review of the Scientific Merit of Its Research
RCED-00-109: Published: Apr 25, 2000. Publicly Released: May 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) merit review practices, focusing on: (1) what procedures DOE has established for performing merit reviews; and (2) whether DOE could document that it has followed the merit review procedures it has established.GAO noted that: (1) both the Office of Basic Energy Sciences and the Office of Power Technol...
Cooperative Research: Results of U.S.-Industry Partnership to Develop a New Generation of Vehicles
RCED-00-81: Published: Mar 30, 2000. Publicly Released: May 4, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a partnership between the federal government and three domestic automobile manufacturers called the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), focusing on: (1) the progress made to date toward achieving the partnership goals; (2) the historical federal funding levels; (3) the technologies being developed under PNGV; and (4) a comparison o...
Climate Change: Information on Limitations and Assumptions of DOE's Five-Lab Study
RCED-98-239: Published: Sep 8, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the study conducted by five Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories on reducing U.S. emissions through energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies, focusing on: (1) how the study's scope and methodology may limit its usefulness; (2) key assumptions that may have influenced the study's results; and (3) the study's role in th...
Power Marketing Administrations: Repayment of Power Costs Needs Closer Monitoring
AIMD-98-164: Published: Jun 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the monitoring of the repayment of the power-related costs and debt of four of the Department of Energy's (DOE) power marketing administrations (PMA), focusing on determining whether: (1) DOE or the Department of the Treasury actively monitors the amount of debt to be repaid and the appropriateness of the annual payments; and (2) there is a potenti...
Energy and Science: Five-Year Bibliography 1990-1994
RCED-96-7W: Published: Dec 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1995.
GAO published a list and abstracts of its energy- and science-related products issued from January 1990 through December 1994. The products focus on: (1) the Department of Energy's property management and contract costs; (2) energy research and supplies; (3) uranium enrichment; (4) procurement; (5) nuclear safety and waste disposal; (6) nuclear nonproliferation; (7) environmental cleanups; (8) nuc...