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Research and Development: DOE Activities and Costs to Oversee Investments
GAO-17-261: Published: Feb 14, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2017.
Three Department of Energy (DOE) program offices that GAO selected for detailed review—the offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, and Science—use various activities to oversee civilian research and development (R&D) investments.Activities to identify research priorities. The program offices obtain input from multiple sources to help determine the areas in which DOE...
Department of Energy: Better Information Needed to Determine If Nonmajor Projects Meet Performance Targets
GAO-13-129: Published: Dec 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2013.
Of the 71 nonmajor projects that the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) completed or had under way from fiscal years 2008 to 2012, 21 met or are expected to meet their performance targets for scope, cost, and completion date. These projects included a $22 million EM project to expand an existing waste disposal fa...
Nuclear Waste: Plans for Addressing Most Buried Transuranic Wastes Are Not Final, and Preliminary Cost Estimates Will Likely Increase
GAO-07-761: Published: Jun 22, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2007.
Since the 1940s, the development of nuclear weapons technologies has generated transuranic wastes--materials contaminated by certain man-made radioactive elements. These wastes can remain dangerous for thousands of years. Until 1970, the Department of Energy's (DOE) predecessors buried these wastes in shallow pits and trenches. Today, state officials and communities near DOE's major disposal sites...
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...
Laboratory Research: State of Tennessee Exempts DOE's Spallation Neutron Source Project From Sales and Use Taxes
RCED-00-99R: Published: Mar 24, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the tax expenses associated with building the Department of Energy's Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) project, focusing on whether it would be less expensive to build the project at any of the participating national laboratories.GAO noted that: (1) the sales and use tax costs to build the SNS Project at the Oak Ridge National Labora...
Laboratory Research: Sales and Use Tax Costs to Build DOE's Spallation Neutron Source Project
RCED-00-33R: Published: Nov 19, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the tax expenses associated with building the Department of Energy's Spallation Neutron Source project at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, focusing on whether it would be less expensive to build the project at any of the other participating national laboratories.GAO noted that: (1) the cost of sales and use taxes to bu...
Nuclear Waste: Process to Remove Radioactive Waste From Savannah River Tanks Fails to Work
RCED-99-69: Published: Apr 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to clean up nuclear waste at DOE's Savannah River Site in South Carolina, focusing on: (1) the factors causing the project's delays and cost growth; (2) the effect of the in-tank precipitation process project's suspension on the Savannah River Site's cleanup plans and costs; and (3) DOE's plan...
Nuclear Waste: Uncertainties About Opening Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
RCED-96-146: Published: Jul 16, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the proposed opening of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in 1998, focusing on how well DOE is positioned to begin filling the repository in its first few years of operation as well as over the long term.GAO found that: (1) it is uncertain whether DOE can accomplish all of the work needed to comply with the Environ...
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...