Economic development (51 - 60 of 242 items)
Cleanup Technology: Better Management for DOE's Technology Development Program
RCED-92-145: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: May 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its Technology Development (TD) Program, focusing on ways that DOE can increase the program's effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the TD Program as part of its efforts to clean up the environment; (2) although DOE has begun to implement the TD Program and fund major research and developme...
Natural Gas: Factors Affecting Approval Times for Construction of Natural Gas Pipelines
RCED-92-100: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC): (1) process for approving applications for constructing natural gas pipelines; and (2) efforts to streamline the approval process.GAO found that: (1) between October 1, 1987, and February 28, 1991, FERC approved 171 applications to construct new natural gas pipelines and related facilities, with a...
Nuclear Waste: Development of Casks for Transporting Spent Fuel Needs Modification
RCED-92-56: Published: Mar 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to implement transportation-related activities under the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987, which requires DOE to investigate Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a potential site for the permanent disposal of nuclear waste in an underground repository and to construct a repository at the site if it finds that the...
Energy Management: Systematic Analysis of DOE's Uncosted Obligations Is Needed
T-RCED-92-41: Published: Mar 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1992.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) analysis of uncosted obligations made to contractors for goods and services not yet provided. GAO noted that DOE: (1) obligated about $17.6 billion to its contractors in fiscal year (FY) 1990, with $14 billion going to long-term management and operating contracts; (2) obligates contract funding at the beginning of each fiscal year, sometimes before de...
Connecticut Low-Level Waste
RCED-92-137R: Published: Mar 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on states' efforts to implement the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985, focusing on Connecticut's program for developing a disposal facility for commercial low-level radioactive waste. GAO noted that: (1) 13 states, including 8 states that are members of state compacts, plan to develop new disposal facilities; (2)...
Cleanup Technology: DOE's Management of Environmental Cleanup Technology
T-RCED-92-29: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its programs to develop environmental clean-up technology. GAO noted that DOE: (1) faces a difficult task in the cleanup of its nuclear weapons complex; (2) began the technology development program and started funding eight integrated clean-up projects to address such problems as contaminated soil and groundwater, buried waste, and under...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: Major Safety, Environmental, and Reconfiguration Issues Facing DOE
T-RCED-92-31: Published: Feb 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1992.
GAO discussed the: (1) Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in developing and implementing a safety policy and culture; (2) major challenges facing DOE in cleaning up the nuclear weapons complex; and (3) key issues facing DOE in reconfiguring the complex in light of weapons reductions. GAO noted that: (1) although DOE has made strides in promoting safety issues by adopting a nuclear safety policy...
Energy Management: DOE Has an Opportunity to Improve Its University of California Contracts
RCED-92-75: Published: Dec 26, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of nonstandard contract clauses in laboratory management and operation (M&O) contracts with a university, focusing on: (1) the impact of the nonstandard procurement and property management clauses; (2) other nonstandard clauses that may limit DOE ability to effectively oversee the contracts; and (3) DOE plans to...
Fossil Fuels: Improvements Needed in DOE's Clean Coal Technology Program
RCED-92-17: Published: Oct 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status and progress of the demonstration projects funded under approved cooperative agreements in the Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Coal Technology (CCT) Program.GAO found that: (1) 15 of the 32 ongoing funded projects have experienced delays, cost increases, and reductions in scope; (2) most ongoing projects have not progressed far enough...
Energy Management: Tightening Fee Process and Contractor Accountability Will Challenge DOE
RCED-92-9: Published: Oct 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) appraisal process for management and operating contractors, focusing on the: (1) effectiveness of DOE use of performance objectives to set expectations and evaluate contractor performance; (2) effectiveness of DOE use of data from on-site reviews to evaluate contractor performance for award fee purpos...