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Monte Canfield, Jr., 1974-1978
OP-17-OH: Published: Dec 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1990.
GAO presented a transcript of an interview with Monte Canfield, Jr., who served GAO from July 1974 to September 1978 as the Director of the Office of Energy and Special Projects and Director of the Energy and Minerals Division, focusing on the major studies completed during his tenure and the innovative review approaches and techniques he applied to GAO work. GAO conducted the interview as part of...
Long-Term Policies Needed to Address Energy Use and Price Volatility
T-RCED-90-105: Published: Sep 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 1990.
GAO discussed the oil price increases that have taken place since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. GAO noted that: (1) between August 1 and August 23, 1990, the price for oil futures increased from $21 per barrel to almost $32 per barrel before falling to about $27 on August 27; (2) retail gasoline prices increased about 10 cents a gallon after a major oil spill in March 1989; (3) retail home heating oi...
Nuclear Science: Factors Leading to the Termination of the Antares Laser Research Program
RCED-90-160: Published: Jun 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the termination of the Antares Laser Research Program at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory.GAO found that: (1) DOE terminated the laser research program at the end of fiscal year 1985 because of a technical problem; (2) Los Alamos discovered that long-wavelength lasers generated electrons that preheated...
Energy R&D: Conservation Planning and Management Should Be Strengthened
RCED-90-195: Published: Jul 30, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) energy conservation research and development (R&D) program, focusing on planning and management improvements that would increase program effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) energy conservation R&D funding and staff declined substantially in 1980, reflecting the administration's view that conservation research should b...
Nuclear Science: U.S. Electricity Needs and DOE's Civilian Reactor Development Program
RCED-90-151: Published: May 29, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) projected U.S. electricity needs through 1998; (2) whether the Department of Energy's (DOE) Civilian Reactor Development Program could help meet those needs; and (3) the views of utility company and nuclear industry officials on DOE efforts to promote advanced reactor development.GAO found that: (1) from 1989 to 1998, the summer demand for ele...
Energy R&D: DOE's Allocation of Funds for Basic and Applied Research and Development
RCED-90-148BR: Published: May 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) process for allocating energy research and development (R&D) funds, focusing on: (1) how DOE prioritized and coordinated funding requests among R&D program areas; (2) how DOE priorities have evolved over the past 10 years; (3) how DOE distributed R&D funding; and (4) the extent to which DOE has invested in major dem...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Need for Improved Responsiveness to Problems at DOE Sites
RCED-90-101: Published: Mar 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the Department of Energy's (DOE) and its contractors' responsiveness to DOE technical safety appraisals and environmental surveys of contractor-operated facilities and sites.GAO found that: (1) DOE has conducted 48 technical safety appraisals of facilities and operations at DOE sites between 1986 and the present; (2) DOE has condu...
Utilities' Potential Use of Clean Coal Technologies
T-RCED-90-56: Published: Mar 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1990.
GAO discussed the results of its nationwide survey on utilities' plans to use clean coal technologies. GAO found that: (1) utilities planned to use clean coal technologies for only 5 percent of their coal-fired generating units; (2) consideration of specific technologies depended on the severity of emission reduction requirements, target dates for compliance, and present and future electricity dem...
Nuclear Science: DOE's Acceptance of Academy of Sciences' 1986 Inertial Fusion Technical Priorities
RCED-90-115FS: Published: Mar 15, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed aspects of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program, focusing on: (1) the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) 1986 review panel recommendations concerning ICF program priorities, which recommendations DOE accepted; and (2) DOE use and application of the recommendations in negotiating the ICF contract.GAO found that...
Nuclear Science: Performance of Participants in DOE's Inertial Confinement Fusion Program
RCED-90-113BR: Published: Mar 15, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Inertial Confinement Fusion Program, focusing on the performance of the six participating laboratories for the period of January 1, 1987, through June 30, 1989.GAO found that: (1) while the program emphasized decentralization and laboratory autonomy, the six participants worked in close cooperation with each other t...