Economic development (11 - 20 of 242 items)
DOE's Cleanup Cost Savings
RCED-96-163R: Published: Jul 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to cut costs by $4.4 billion, focusing on: (1) whether DOE cost savings efforts could impair its ability to clean up former nuclear weapons sites; and (2) DOE fiscal year (FY) 1995 cost-saving experiences. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has requested that program managers reduce budget outlays for fiscal years 1997 t...
Nuclear Waste: Greater Use of Removal Actions Could Cut Time and Cost for Cleanups
RCED-96-124: Published: May 23, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of removal actions to reduce the cost and accelerate the pace of environmental restoration projects.GAO found that: (1) removal actions save money and time compared with other remediation planning approaches; (2) the use of removal actions may provide information that is useful for other types of remediation, re...
Nuclear Weapons: Status of DOE's Nuclear Stockpile Surveillance Program
T-RCED-96-100: Published: Mar 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1996.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear weapons stockpile surveillance program. GAO noted that: (1) during the last 4 years, DOE has not conducted all of the tests necessary to ensure the stockpile's reliability; (2) testing delays have resulted from equipment problems, lack of space on missiles for testing, an incomplete safety study, and physical relocation of testing activities;...
Nuclear Waste: Management and Technical Problems Continue to Delay Characterizing Hanford's Tank Waste
RCED-96-56: Published: Jan 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in characterizing its tank waste at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) whether it has met its characterization deadlines; (2) the impediments to meeting characterization deadlines; and (3) the impact that continued delays have on the characterization process.GAO found that: (1) over the past 10 years, DOE has spent over $260 million and made l...
Energy Downsizing: Criteria for Community Assistance Needed
RCED-96-36: Published: Dec 27, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 1995.
GAO examined the criteria that the Department of Energy (DOE) used to: (1) identify and evaluate the economic effects of closing the Pinellas plant; and (2) decide what types and amounts of assistance are appropriate in offsetting the effects of future plant closings.GAO found that DOE: (1) policy supports economic development that minimizes the impact of closing nuclear weapons facilities on disp...
Federal Electric Power: Operating and Financial Status of DOE's Power Marketing Administrations
RCED/AIMD-96-9FS: Published: Oct 13, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's five power marketing administrations (PMA), focusing on operating, financial, and competitive issues facing PMA.GAO found that: (1) five PMA were established between 1937 and 1977 to sell and transmit electricity generated mostly from federal hydropower facilities; (2) PMA power accounted for about 3 percen...
DOE's Fiscal Year 1994 Uncosted Balances
RCED-95-263R: Published: Aug 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the uncosted obligations held by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its management and operating (M&O) contractors. GAO noted that: (1) 529.2 million of DOE uncosted balances were not needed for their identified purpose, did not tie into specific needs, and were in excess of DOE expected needs; (2) $97.4 million in uncosted balances...
Department of Energy: Savings from Deactivating Facilities Can Be Better Estimated
RCED-95-183: Published: Jul 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to deactivate surplus facilities, focusing on the: (1) proportion of the Nuclear Material and Facility Stabilization Program's fiscal year (FY) 1995 budget that is allocated to projects that could reduce the program's future costs; (2) difference between the savings that the deactivation project...
Nuclear Safety: U.S. Assistance to Upgrade Soviet-Designed Nuclear Reactors in the Czech Republic
RCED-95-157: Published: Jun 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1995.
GAO provided information on: (1) the reasons the Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) guaranteed a loan for the Temelin nuclear power plant in the Czech Federal Republic; (2) actions Eximbank took to ensure the project's soundness and safety; and (3) issues involving the U.S. government's potential liability as a result of the loan guarantee.GAO found that: (1) U.S. government officials believe that West...
Nuclear Facility Cleanup: Centralized Contracting of Laboratory Analysis Would Produce Budgetary Savings
RCED-95-118: Published: May 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) decentralized approach to laboratory analysis, focusing on: (1) the differences in prices and contracting approaches between DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for similar types of laboratory analyses; (2) whether the decentralized DOE approach has resulted in any administrative inefficiencies; and (3...