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Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Changes Planned to Budget Structure and Justification
GAO-17-294: Published: Mar 8, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2017.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's budget increased 59 percent from fiscal year 2005 through 2010 in anticipation of growth in the commercial nuclear industry. When this growth did not occur, NRC began to reduce its budget, with a decrease of 6 percent since 2010. We found that some changes in NRC’s budget, such as how it budgeted for overhead, had the unintended consequence of appearing to in...
High Risk: Federal Management Challenges Related to Indian Energy Resources
GAO-17-434T: Published: Feb 15, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2017.
In three prior reports on Indian energy development, GAO found that the Department of the Interior's (Interior) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has inefficiently managed Indian energy resources and the development process and thereby limited opportunities for tribes and their members to use those resources to create economic benefits and improve the well-being of their communities. GAO has also rep...
Indian Energy Development: Additional Actions by Federal Agencies Are Needed to Overcome Factors Hindering Development
GAO-17-43: Published: Nov 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016.
Two key federal initiatives led by the Department of the Interior (Interior)—the interagency White House Council on Native American Affairs’ Energy Subgroup (Energy Subgroup) and Interior’s Indian Energy Service Center (Service Center)—were implemented to help improve collaboration and the effectiveness of federal efforts to fulfill management responsibilities for Indian lands, assist trib...
Department of Energy: Better Information Needed to Determine If Nonmajor Projects Meet Performance Targets
GAO-13-129: Published: Dec 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2013.
Of the 71 nonmajor projects that the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) completed or had under way from fiscal years 2008 to 2012, 21 met or are expected to meet their performance targets for scope, cost, and completion date. These projects included a $22 million EM project to expand an existing waste disposal fa...
Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise: Strategies and Challenges in Sustaining Critical Skills in Federal and Contractor Workforces
GAO-12-468: Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its M&O contractors have developed and implemented multifaceted strategies to recruit, develop, and retain both the federal and contractor workforces needed to preserve critical skills in the enterprise. NNSAs recruiting and retention efforts for its federal staff focus on attracting early career hires with competitive pay and developme...
Fusion Energy: Definitive Cost Estimates for U.S. Contributions to an International Experimental Reactor and Better Coordinated DOE Research Are Needed
GAO-08-30: Published: Oct 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2007.
The United States is pursuing two paths to fusion energy--magnetic and inertial. On November 21, 2006, the United States signed an agreement with five countries and the European Union to build and operate the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarache, France, to demonstrate the feasibility of magnetic fusion energy. The United States also built and operates facilities to...
Nuclear Energy: NRC Has Made Progress in Implementing Its Reactor Oversight and Licensing Processes but Continues to Face Challenges
GAO-08-114T: Published: Oct 3, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2007.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for overseeing the nation's 104 commercial nuclear power reactors to ensure they are operated safely. Since 2000, NRC has used a formal Reactor Oversight Process (ROP) to oversee safety. NRC is also responsible for licensing the construction and operation of new reactors. Electric power companies have announced plans to submit 20 applications...
Nuclear Energy: NRC's Workforce and Processes for New Reactor Licensing Are Generally in Place, but Uncertainties Remain as Industry Begins to Submit Applications
GAO-07-1129: Published: Sep 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2007.
Nearly three decades after the last order for a new nuclear power reactor in the United States, electric power companies plan to submit 20 applications in the next 18 months to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for licenses to build and operate new reactors. Since 1989, NRC has developed a new license review process that allows a power company to obtain a construction permit and an operating...
National Nuclear Security Administration: Contractors' Strategies to Recruit and Retain a Critically Skilled Workforce Are Generally Effective
GAO-05-164: Published: Feb 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 2005.
Responsibility for ensuring the safety and reliability of the nuclear weapons stockpile rests upon a cadre of workers at eight contractor-operated National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) weapons facilities. Many of these workers--including scientists, engineers, and technicians--have "critical" skills needed to maintain the stockpile. About 37 percent of these workers are at or near retire...
National Nuclear Security Administration: Key Management Structure and Workforce Planning Issues Remain As NNSA Conducts Downsizing
GAO-04-545: Published: Jun 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2004.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a separately organized agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), is responsible for the management and security of the nation's nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and naval reactor programs. NNSA oversees contractors that operate its facilities to ensure that activities are effective and in line with departmental policy. In December 2002, NN...