Program management (11 - 20 of 37 items)
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 Waste: Problems and Delays With Characterizing Hanford's Single-Shell Tank Waste
RCED-91-118: Published: Apr 23, 1991. Publicly Released: May 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to characterize single-shell tank wastes at its Hanford, Washington site, focusing on impediments such as: (1) technological limitations; and (2) safety considerations.GAO found that: (1) due to the number of unresolved issues, DOE was unlikely to complete the first-phase characterization of the sing...
Comments on Smith Barney's Uranium Enrichment Analysis
T-RCED-90-101: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1990.
GAO discussed an independent assessment of the Department of Energy's (DOE) uranium enrichment program. GAO noted that the assessment concluded that: (1) the enrichment program should be restructured as a government corporation and operate on a competitive basis; (2) DOE could reduce total costs by making various adjustments and policy decisions; and (3) the government should retain responsibility...
The Future of DOE's Uranium Enrichment Program
T-RCED-88-59: Published: Aug 10, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1988.
GAO discussed three legislative proposals for restructuring the Department of Energy's Uranium Enrichment Program. GAO noted that program problems included: (1) unused multibillion-dollar payments for electricity; (2) uranium market uncertainties; (3) aging facilities; and (4) billions of dollars in unrecovered costs. GAO also noted that two of the legislative proposals would: (1) restructure the...
Nuclear Science: History and Management of the DOE/Air Force Small Reactor Project
RCED-88-138: Published: May 26, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the joint Department of Energy (DOE) and Air Force Small Reactor Project, focusing on its origin, history, and funding.GAO found that: (1) using DOE discretionary funds, the DOE laboratory at Los Alamos initiated the project in June 1983 to determine whether a small nuclear reactor could satisfy the Air Force's electric power...
The Future of DOE's Uranium Enrichment Program
T-RCED-88-50: Published: Jun 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1988.
GAO discussed legislative and administrative proposals for restructuring the Department of Energy's Uranium Enrichment Program. GAO noted that program problems included: (1) unused multibillion dollar payments for electricity; (2) uranium market uncertainties; (3) aging facilities; and (4) billions of dollars in unrecovered costs. GAO also noted that the proposed Uranium Revitalization, Tailings R...
Uranium Enrichment: Congressional Action Needed To Revitalize the Program
RCED-88-18: Published: Oct 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the problems of the Department of Energy's (DOE) uranium enrichment program and identified options to revitalize it.GAO found that: (1) the program's financial problems include $8.8 billion in unrecovered costs, multibillion-dollar payments for unused power, market uncertainties due to ongoing litigation, and potentially large decommissioning co...
[Request for Comments on Proposed Revision to Uranium Enrichment Services Criteria]
B-207463: Published: Feb 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1986.
GAO provided its opinion on the Department of Energy's (DOE) proposed revised uranium enrichment services criteria. The Atomic Energy Act provides that DOE must: (1) fully recover the cost to the government of providing such services; (2) establish prices on a nondiscriminatory basis; (3) generally not offer such services for certain nuclear materials of foreign origin; (4) establish standard term...
The U.S. Uranium Enrichment Services Program
129151: Feb 19, 1986
GAO discussed the status of the uranium enrichment program. GAO believes that Congress needs to reevaluate the basic purpose and structure of the enrichment program by: (1) defining program objectives that take into account the realities of the enrichment marketplace; and (2) examining alternatives to full-cost-recovery pricing. GAO found that: (1) the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed modificat...
Management Weaknesses Affect Nuclear Regulatory Commission Efforts To Address Safety Issues Common to Nuclear Power Plants
RCED-84-149: Published: Sep 19, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1984.
GAO examined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) efforts to address safety issues common to nuclear power plants and determined if NRC has corrected earlier management weaknesses highlighted in investigation reports of the March 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island (TMI) power plant.GAO found that NRC, as a result of the earlier identified safety issues, has increased the rate at which it...