Research program management (21 - 30 of 34 items)
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 Waste: Quarterly Report as of March 31, 1990
RCED-91-55: Published: Feb 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, focusing on: (1) public comments regarding the Secretary of Energy's November 1989 report to Congress assessing the civilian nuclear waste program; (2) uncertainties regarding DOE criteria for identifying unsuitable site conditions at Yucca Mountain; and (3) h...
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...
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 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...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Has Terminated Research Evaluating Crystalline Rock for a Repository
RCED-89-148: Published: May 22, 1989. Publicly Released: May 22, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed whether and to what extent the Department of Energy (DOE) complied with requirements to phase out funding for all existing research programs that evaluated the suitability of crystalline rock as a potential host medium for a nuclear waste repository.GAO found that DOE: (1) terminated funding for research programs that specifically evaluated crys...
DOE Defederalization of the Laramie and Grand Forks Energy Technology Centers
RCED-84-34: Published: Nov 16, 1983. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1983.
In April 1983, the Department of Energy (DOE) defederalized its government-owned and -operated energy technology centers at Laramie, Wyoming, and Grand Forks, North Dakota, by transferring the centers to the Universities of Wyoming and North Dakota, respectively. Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO addressed the following: (1) the centers' funding; (2) the centers' established management stru...
Status of DOE's Implementation of the Magnetic Fusion Energy Engineering Act of 1980
RCED-83-105: Published: Apr 29, 1983. Publicly Released: May 16, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO determined the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in implementing the Magnetic Fusion Energy Engineering Act of 1980.GAO noted that the act calls for progressive development of fusion energy in terms of scientific feasibility and potential commercial applicability by the end of the century. The act also requires that DOE pursue the development of seve...
Federal Demonstrations of Solar Heating and Cooling on Commercial Buildings Have Not Been Very Effective
EMD-80-41: Published: Apr 15, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1980.
The Solar Heating and Cooling Demonstration Act of 1974 mandated a major demonstration of solar heating technology in residential and commercial buildings by 1977 and the development and demonstration of combined solar heating and cooling technology in residential and commercial buildings by 1979. GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) program for demonstrating solar heating and cooling on...
TVA's Load Management Activities
EMD-79-44: Published: Apr 11, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1979.
Load management projects at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) were evaluated in an attempt to determine their potential for application to the utility industry, and it appeared that water heater controls could be successfully implemented at this time. In October 1977, TVA approved a program to control existing water heaters in 400 homes, new 120-gallon water heaters in 100 homes, and space cond...