National Laboratories (71 - 80 of 142 items)
Nuclear Weapons: Year 2000 Status of the Nation's Nuclear Weapons Stockpile
RCED-99-272R: Published: Aug 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1999.
GAO reviewed the actions the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors have taken to determine if any year 2000 problems exist with the nation's nuclear weapons or supporting ancillary equipment.GAO noted that: (1) based on GAO's review of documents and the discussions GAO held with weapon design engineers, GAO believes the nuclear weapons in the nation's enduring stockpile will not be affect...
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...
Renewable Energy: DOE's Funding and Markets for Wind Energy and Solar Cell Technologies
RCED-99-130: Published: May 14, 1999. Publicly Released: May 28, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on wind and photovoltaic technologies, focusing on: (1) how much the Department of Energy (DOE) has spent on research and development; (2) how DOE's objectives for its programs have changed over time; and (3) the characteristics of the markets for these technologies.GAO noted that: (1) since fiscal year 1978, DOE has provided more than...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Accelerated Cleanup Strategy Has Benefits but Faces Uncertainties
RCED-99-129: Published: Apr 30, 1999. Publicly Released: May 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Paths to Closure report, which details DOE's strategy to accelerate its hazardous waste cleanup efforts, focusing on the: (1) methodologies and assumptions used to develop the Paths to Closure report and any associated limitations; (2) uncertainties in the Paths to Closure report that may affect its usefulness; and...
Department of Energy: Management of Excess Property
RCED-99-3: Published: Nov 4, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to identify and dispose of property that is excess to its needs, focusing on the: (1) criteria the Department uses to guide the identification and disposal of excess property; (2) extent to which the Department's property records reflect what is no longer needed to carry out its missions; and (3) challenges...
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...
Energy Policy Act: Including Propane as an Alternative Motor Fuel Will Have Little Impact on Propane Market
RCED-98-260: Published: Sep 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether and how including propane as an alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT) will affect existing propane consumers as well as the supply and price, focusing on: (1) whether EPACT's goal of replacing at least 10 percent of the conventional fuel used in light-duty vehicles by 2000 and at least 30 percent by 2010 with replac...
Superfund: Information on the Status of Sites
RCED-98-241: Published: Aug 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of sites on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priorities List (NPL), focusing on the: (1) progress the Superfund program has made in selecting remedies at both federal and nonfederal sites; (2) accuracy of the information in the Superfund database on sites' cleanup progress; and (3) number of cleanup pro...
Department of Energy: Uncertain Progress in Implementing National Laboratory Reforms
RCED-98-197: Published: Sep 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in making needed management reforms in its national laboratories, focusing on: (1) the recommendations made by various advisory groups for addressing management weaknesses at DOE and the laboratories; and (2) how DOE and its laboratories have responded to these recommendations.GAO noted that: (1) for nearly...
Export Controls: National Security Issues and Foreign Availability for High Performance Computer Exports
NSIAD-98-200: Published: Sep 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the efforts by the executive branch to determine national security risks associated with exports of high performance computers (HPC).GAO noted that: (1) the executive branch has identified high performance computing as having applications in such national defense areas as nuclear weapons programs, cryptology, conventional weapons, and military op...