Department of Energy, Executive (1 - 10 of 10 items)
Nuclear Weapons Sustainment: Improvements Made to Budget Estimates, but Opportunities Exist to Further Enhance Transparency
GAO-15-536: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
The annual joint report submitted by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) in May 2014 includes 10-year budget estimates for sustaining and modernizing U.S. nuclear weapons (see figure), and these estimates are generally consistent with internal funding and modernization plans, with a few exceptions. For example, GAO could not fully verify that DOD's command, control,...
ICBM Modernization: Approaches to Basing Options and Interoperable Warhead Designs Need Better Planning and Synchronization
GAO-13-831: Published: Sep 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has identified capability requirements and potential basing options for the Minuteman III follow-on intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and the Department of Energy (DOE) has begun a parallel study of options to extend the life of its warhead, but neither department plans to estimate the total system costs for the new missile and its warhead. GAO's work on co...
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...
Homeland Defense: Greater Focus on Analysis of Alternatives and Threats Needed to Improve DOD's Strategic Nuclear Weapons Security
GAO-09-828: Published: Sep 18, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2009.
A successful terrorist attack on a facility containing nuclear weapons could have devastating consequences. GAO was asked to compare the Department of Defense's (DOD) and Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to protect the nation's nuclear weapons where they are stored, maintained, or transported. This report (1) compares the nuclear weapons security policies and procedures at DOD and DOE, and the...
Technology Transfer: Number and Characteristics of Inventions Licensed by Six Federal Agencies
RCED-99-173: Published: Jun 18, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the licensing of government-owned inventions created under federally funded research projects, focusing on: (1) government-owned inventions licensed by six federal agencies during fiscal years 1996 through 1998, including the royalties received during that period, and the total number of active licenses these agencies had as of Octob...
Environmental Protection: Research and Development of Plasma Arc Technology Used to Treat Hazardous Waste
NSIAD-99-51R: Published: Feb 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on three selected research and development initiatives using the plasma arc technology to treat waste, focusing on comparing the characteristics of the largest of the Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives and both Navy shore and ship initiatives.GAO noted that: (1) the three initiatives use a similar source of heat to treat waste, but...
Administrative Due Process: Denials and Revocations of Security Clearances and Access to Special Programs
T-NSIAD-93-14: Published: May 5, 1993. Publicly Released: May 5, 1993.
GAO discussed the administrative due process procedures that are in place for individuals who are denied security clearances and access to special programs. GAO noted that: (1) the Departments of Defense (DOD), Energy (DOE), and State do not require that individuals be formally notified when their access or clearances are suspended; (2) DOE considers suspensions to be the first step in its adminis...
Security Clearances: Due Process for Denials and Revocations by Defense, Energy, and State
NSIAD-92-99: Published: May 6, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the due process practices at the Departments of Defense (DOD), Energy (DOE), and State for individuals that have security clearances denied or revoked, focusing on: (1) the agencies' practices for suspending individuals' security clearances; (2) whether the agencies give individuals access to their investigative records; and (3) whether appeals of...
Battleships: Issues Arising From the Explosion Aboard the U.S.S. Iowa
NSIAD-91-4: Published: Jan 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined issues concerning the April 1989 explosion aboard the U.S.S. Iowa and the overall battleship program, focusing on: (1) the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratory's independent review of the Navy's technical analysis of the explosion; (2) the serviceability, supportability, and safety of ammunition and equipment; (3) personnel manning lev...
Compliance With Subcontracting Plan Requirements
T-GGD-88-45: Published: Jul 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1988.
GAO discussed the General Services Administration's (GSA), Department of Energy's (DOE), and Department of the Navy's public utility contracts and their compliance with the statutory requirement that large federal contracts contain subcontracting plans for small and small disadvantaged businesses. GAO found that: (1) of the 918 large GSA contracts examined, 11 did not have small business plans; (2...