Energy research (1 - 10 of 29 items)
Department of Energy: Information on the Distribution of Funds for Counterintelligence Programs and the Resulting Expansion of These Programs
RCED-97-128R: Published: Apr 25, 1997. Publicly Released: May 2, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) counterintelligence programs at its nuclear weapons laboratories and other high-risk facilities, focusing on the: (1) distribution of an additional $5 million among DOE facilities for counterintelligence programs; and (2) extent to which funding and staffing for counterintelligence programs at DOE facilities have in...
Department of Energy: Procedures Followed in Awarding Grants to Study Uses of Collider's Assets
RCED-95-53: Published: Dec 13, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) procedures for awarding grants for studies of future uses of Superconducting Super Collider assets, focusing on: (1) whether DOE complied with federal regulations and its own procedures in awarding research grants; (2) how the solicited grants' funding and timing compared; and (3) whether grantees residing in Texas...
Energy Management: Payments in Lieu of Taxes for DOE Property May Need to Be Reassessed
RCED-94-204: Published: Jul 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) compensation payments for property in lieu of state and local property taxes, focusing on: (1) how DOE identified communities for such payments and determined the payment amounts; (2) whether a 1987 revision of DOE payment policy was consistent with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; and (3) the potential effect of DOE...
Nuclear Waste: Much Effort Needed to Meet Federal Facility Compliance Act's Requirements
RCED-94-179: Published: May 17, 1994. Publicly Released: May 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of radioactive and hazardous waste, focusing on: (1) DOE progress in submitting treatment plans and complying with the Federal Facility Compliance Act (FFCA); (2) DOE efforts to develop technologies for and provide the capacity to treat mixed wastes; and (3) additional actions needed to completely imple...
Nuclear Science: More Planning Needed to Support Future Needs for Electric Power in Space
RCED-94-6: Published: Oct 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans for radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) assembly operations, focusing on: (1) where DOE plans to assemble RTG in the future; (2) the cost to overhaul the Mound facility to make it suitable for long-term RTG assembly operations; (3) how DOE will address public safety concerns about maintaining nuclear o...
Nuclear Science: Monitoring Improved, but More Planning Needed for DOE Test and Research Reactors
RCED-92-123: Published: Jul 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) nondefense-related nuclear facilities, focusing on: (1) DOE management and long-range planning for replacement of potentially dangerous and aging reactors; and (2) the safety and operating condition of research reactor facilities.GAO found that: (1) DOE has no plans for the retirement or replacement o...
Uranium Enrichment: DOE Needs to Pursue Alternative AVLIS Deployment Options
RCED-91-88: Published: Aug 8, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1991.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) demonstration and deployment of the atomic vapor laser isotope separation (AVLIS) program and the building of an AVLIS plant, focusing on technical, program, and economic issues.GAO found that: (1) independent experts believe that the AVLIS demonstration program will be successful, but the program will not provide the specific cost information needed f...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Expenditures on The Yucca Mountain Project
T-RCED-91-37: Published: Apr 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of appropriated funds for completing a scientific investigation needed to obtain a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license to construct and operate a nuclear waste repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. GAO noted that: (1) DOE was not ready to begin on-site investigations, originally scheduled for 1987, until 1991 because it took longer th...
Energy Management: Better DOE Controls Needed Over Contractors' Discretionary R&D Funds
RCED-91-18: Published: Dec 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the discretionary research and development (R&D) activities of three Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories and the DOE need for, uses of, and management controls over those activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE had specific authority to approve laboratories' reasonable use of funds for discretionary R&D activities; (2) DOE had statutory authority to...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: GAO's Views on DOE's Reconfiguration Study
T-RCED-91-19: Published: Mar 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) January 1991 Nuclear Weapons Complex Reconfiguration Study. GAO noted that the study: (1) was only the first step in developing a more detailed plan, which would include an environmental impact statement on reconfiguring the complex; (2) recommended a smaller complex in the future, but did not clearly specify what the complex would look like in 2015;...