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Strategic Petroleum Reserve: Low Oil Prices Favor Increased Purchases
RCED-86-158: Published: May 22, 1986. Publicly Released: May 22, 1986.
GAO commented on the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to stop filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in July 1986: (1) as a budget-cutting measure; and (2) because it believes it will have stored sufficient oil to meet a 90-day contingency supply commitment to cover import disruptions.GAO found that SPR will have an inventory level of 502 million barrels of oil, which will meet the 90-day...
Nuclear Science: Information on DOE Accelerators Should Be Better Disclosed in the Budget
RCED-86-79: Published: Apr 9, 1986. Publicly Released: May 8, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on issues concerning: (1) the size and nature of the Department of Energy's (DOE) investment, prior to congressional approval, in new high-energy and nuclear physics accelerator facilities or major upgrades; and (2) the events and procedures leading to DOE review and approval for building a continuous electron beam accelerator facility.GAO found...
Nuclear Science: DOE Should Provide More Control in Its Accelerator Selection Process
RCED-86-108: Published: Apr 4, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) review and selection process for approving the Southeastern Universities Research Association's proposal to plan, manage, and operate a continuous electron beam accelerator facility (CEBAF).GAO found that DOE used unsolicited proposals in selecting the facility's design, which resulted in DOE: (1) approving a contra...
Mineral Revenues: Delays in Processing and Disbursing Onshore Oil and Gas Bid Revenues
RCED-86-69: Published: Mar 24, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's procedures for: (1) depositing and processing bid revenues from offshore and onshore competitive oil and gas lease sales; and (2) disbursing onshore bid revenues to the states.GAO found that Interior's procedures and guidelines for depositing and processing offshore bid revenues were adequate, but the procedures for depositing, processing, and disbursi...
Nuclear Waste: Department of Energy's Program for Financial Assistance
RCED-86-4: Published: Apr 1, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1986.
GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) program to provide grants under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, focusing on: (1) DOE decisions on who received grants and for what activities; (2) the level of assistance provided; and (3) DOE grant administration and oversight.The act provides that state and public participation in the nuclear waste repository program is essential to promote pu...
Natural Gas Prices: FERC Should Improve Its Initial Review of Pipelines' Natural Gas Costs
RCED-86-12: Published: Nov 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews natural gas pipeline companies' requests to change their rates to reflect changes in their natural gas costs, focusing on whether: (1) the filings submitted were complete and consistent; and (2) FERC analysts appropriately reviewed the filings before they went into effect.GAO found that a...
Low-Income Weatherization--Better Way of Meeting Needs in View of Limited Funds
RCED-86-19: Published: Oct 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1985.
GAO reviewed low-income weatherization efforts in 17 states that had received over two-thirds of federal low-income weatherization funds in fiscal years 1982 through 1984 to: (1) describe the various weatherization efforts undertaken in selected states and provide data on the future of weatherization in terms of dwelling units weatherized, expenditures, and timeframes for weatherizing all eligible...
More Assurance Is Needed That Strategic Petroleum Reserve Oil Can Be Withdrawn as Designed
RCED-85-104: Published: Sep 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO conducted a review to determine whether the Department of Energy (DOE) will be able to withdraw Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) oil at the designed rate and sustain that rate over time. DOE has been implementing a three-phase plan to develop a 750-million barrel SPR at six sites in Louisiana and Texas, of which 483.5 million barrels were in storage.GAO fo...
Selected Management Activities at the Naval Petroleum Reserve, California
RCED-85-7: Published: Apr 12, 1985. Publicly Released: May 13, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the operations of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Naval Petroleum Reserve, California (NPRC), including: (1) the process used in establishing the fee for the contractor to operate NPRC in fiscal year 1984; (2) the adequacy of NPRC audit coverage; and (3) justification for the proposed construction of additional NPRC office sp...
Interior's Report on OCS Shut-In and Flaring Wells Is Unnecessary
RCED-85-10: Published: Oct 30, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1984.
GAO evaluated the methodology that the Secretary of the Interior uses in allowing offshore oil and gas wells to be suspended from production or to burn off natural gas.GAO found that: (1) the Department of the Interior relies primarily on data submitted by well operators, which is verified by Interior's Minerals Management Service; (2) the methodology used for allowing offshore oil and gas wells t...