Nuclear energy (11 - 20 of 61 items)
Department of Energy: Alternatives for Clearer Missions and Better Management at the National Laboratories
T-RCED-95-128: Published: Mar 9, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its national laboratories. GAO noted that: (1) DOE does not focus the laboratories' work on national priorities; (2) experts believe the laboratories' highest priority missions should be national defense, energy, the environment, and commercial technology; (3) DOE has not established clear and appropr...
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 Nonproliferation: Concerns With U.S. Delays in Accepting Foreign Research Reactors' Spent Fuel
RCED-94-119: Published: Mar 25, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1994.
GAO provided information on U.S. efforts to convert foreign research reactors from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) and to consolidate spent fuel, focusing on the: (1) effects of delays in renewing the Off-Site Fuels Policy on U.S. nonproliferation goals and programs; (2) Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to renew the fuels policy; and (3) price to be charged to forei...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Information on Directed Energy Programs for Fiscal Years 1985 Through 1993
NSIAD-93-182: Published: Jun 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Defense (DOD) recommendations for transferring or retaining management responsibility for directed energy technologies in the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and for determining the future direction of directed energy development.GAO found that: (1) the $4.9 billion allocated by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organizat...
Nuclear Science: DOE's Self-Supporting Isotope Program Is Experiencing Problems
RCED-92-122FS: Published: Jun 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Isotope Production and Distribution Program, focusing on: (1) problems the program has experienced in operating on a self-supporting basis; (2) the cost factors affecting DOE isotope production; and (3) domestic isotope customers' reactions to the program.GAO found that: (1) DOE has experienced difficu...
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 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...
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...
Nuclear Health and Safety: DOE's Award Fees at Rocky Flats Do Not Adequately Reflect ES&H Problems
RCED-90-47: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent to which the Department of Energy (DOE) considered environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) matters in its contract award fee determinations for the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility.GAO found that the DOE award fee determinations: (1) downplayed a variety of significant ES&H problems through questionable classifications and omissions...
Usefulness of Space Power Research to Ground-Based Nuclear Reactor Systems
T-RCED-89-64: Published: Sep 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1989.
GAO discussed the applicability of the Department of Energy's (DOE) space nuclear power systems research to development of advanced terrestrial nuclear power systems. GAO noted that: (1) DOE, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Defense's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization are participating in two programs to research and develop space nuclear power syste...