Program management (21 - 30 of 42 items)
Ineffective Management of the Appropriate Technology Small Grants Program
EMD-81-113: Published: Sep 15, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Appropriate Technology Small Grants (ATSG) program. GAO believes that the ATSG program can help overcome barriers to the development and use of energy-related appropriate technology.The broad ATSG program goals established by DOE appear to adequately reflect the legislative purposes of the program. However, GAO does not believe that DOE has managed the...
Unresolved Issues Resulting From Changes in DOE's Synthetic Fuels Commercialization Programs
EMD-81-128: Published: Aug 17, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1981.
GAO examined the changes in the Department of Energy's (DOE) synthetic fuels programs for coal liquefaction, coal gasification, and oil shale.DOE, under a congressionally sanctioned interim synthetic fuels program, has recently reached agreement to support three industry proposals aimed at commercial production of synthetic fuels. The Administration proposes to eliminate the DOE synthetic fuels co...
DOE's Assignment of Operating and Testing Responsibilities for OTEC-1
EMD-81-92: Published: Jun 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1981.
GAO examined several contractual procedures used by the Department of Energy (DOE) in assigning operating and testing responsibilities for its ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) test facility called, OTEC-1. These responsibilities were assigned to the Energy Technology Engineering Center, which is government-owned and contractor-operated. The examination was conducted in response to questions...
Full Development of OTEC's Potential May Be Impeded
EMD-81-62: Published: Apr 10, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1981.
GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Program to ascertain the OTEC potential, the reasonableness of the DOE program approach, and related funding.DOE altered its program approach from researching and developing various possible OTEC options to emphasizing development of the most technically advanced systems. A comprehensive plan,...
The Department of Energy's Water-Cooled Breeder Program--Should It Continue?
EMD-81-46: Published: Mar 25, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1981.
The water-cooled breeder program of the Department of Energy (DOE) is trying to prove that existing types of nuclear powerplants, called water-cooled reactors, can produce more fuel than they consume. DOE needs to consider certain factors when deciding whether the water-cooled breeder concept should be developed further. GAO addressed: (1) whether the water-cooled breeder program should continue;...
Management Problems Impede Success of DOE's Solar Energy Projects
EMD-81-10: Published: Dec 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1980.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its solar energy research and development (R&D) projects.GAO found that: (1) DOE has taken important steps, such as instituting decentralized management, establishing a formalized management system, and initiating an automated contractor reporting system, to improve its R&D project management; (2) solar energy projects are continuing to e...
U.S. International Energy Research and Development Program Management
ID-80-14: Published: Feb 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1980.
The Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts in cooperative international energy research and development arrangements were reviewed.The following needs were found: (1) mechanisms to identify potential cooperative international energy projects; (2) guidelines and criteria for determining a reasonable level of U.S. contribution; (3) opportunities for U.S. private sector competition; and (4) controls ov...
Federal Demonstrations of Solar Heating and Cooling on Private Residences--Only Limited Success
EMD-79-55: Published: Oct 9, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1979.
Pursuant to a 1974 act of Congress, the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) initiated two programs to demonstrate the practical use of solar heating and cooling systems. ERDA gave the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) responsibility for the residential program and placed the Federal residence program under the direction of the Department of Defense. The act charge...
Fossil Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration: Opportunities for Change
EMD-78-57: Published: Sep 18, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1979.
There has been a significant increase in recent years in research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) funding for fossil energy technologies, with a large proportion of funds directed towards efforts to demonstrate that these techniques will be commercially viable.The Department of Energy (DOE) lacked some of the tools necessary to properly manage fossil energy RD&D programs. It had not develop...
The Multiprogram Laboratories: A National Resource for Nonnuclear Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration
EMD-78-62: Published: May 22, 1978. Publicly Released: May 22, 1978.
The eight multiprogram laboratories under the Department of Energy (DOE) are government-owned research and production facilities operated by university, industry, or nonprofit contractors. In the past, most of their resources have been directed toward nuclear energy, but they have more recently developed capabilities in the fields of nonnuclear energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D...