Program management (21 - 30 of 37 items)
The Funding of Generic Activities Within DOE's Office of Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy
RCED-84-186: Published: Aug 31, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed questions concerning the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy's funding certain generic activities not previously identified in the DOE budget request. Specifically, GAO determined: (1) whether this practice is in accordance with DOE internal budgeting regulations; (2) the impact this practice has on DOE...
Update of DOE Staffing Levels Under the Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy
RCED-83-177: Published: Jun 6, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO determined: (1) staffing trends for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy Programs since a 1982 GAO report on staffing levels; and (2) the extent to which DOE has complied with staffing requirements for those program areas affected by legislatively required minimum staffing levels.GAO fou...
While Clinch River Breeder Reactor Steam Generator Contract Could Not Have Been Terminated for Default, Many Aspects Are Questionable
EMD-82-37: Published: Mar 17, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1982.
GAO reviewed several components of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR), the Nation's first liquid metal fast breeder reactor demonstration plant. GAO was asked to determine whether the contract for the steam generator should be terminated for default because of significant cost and timeframe overruns.GAO found that there was no basis to support termination of the contract for default. Even if...
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;...
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...
The Participation of KMS Fusion, Inc., in the Department of Energy's Laser Fusion Program
EMD-78-67: Published: May 4, 1978. Publicly Released: May 4, 1978.
A 1976 contract between the Energy Research and Development Administration, now the Department of Energy (DOE), and KMS Fusion Inc. (KMS) covered the setting up and operation of a new laser, target experiments, target design and fabrication, and laser fusion theory. A 1977 contract provided for correcting problems with the laser system and further work in the areas of the 1976 contract. KMS has fu...
Nuclear Powerplant Licensing: Need for Additional Improvements
EMD-78-29: Published: Apr 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1978.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates the construction and operation of commercial nuclear power plants by establishing minimum construction and operating standards and by conducting reviews to determine if the standards are adequately understood and implemented. The reviews result in two licenses for each plant: one permitting construction and another allowing operation after construc...
Need for Improvements in the Evaluation System for Unsolicited Nuclear Fusion Research Proposals
EMD-78-63: Published: Apr 26, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1978.
The system the Department of Energy (DOE) uses for assessing unsolicited proposals in the fusion area needs to be improved to ensure that all potential approaches to fusion power are objectively and consistently evaluated. DOE Division of Magnetic Fusion Energy (MFE), now the Office of Fusion Energy, uses varying procedures for reviewing unsolicited proposals. Proposals are sent to the national la...
Licensing Practices of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
105662: Apr 18, 1978
The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to hold a public hearing before it issues a license to construct a nuclear powerplant. This gives the public an opportunity to intervene or question licensing decisions and to resolve technical or environmental questions relating to the proposed construction. A recent report discussing the NRC's procedures for submittin...
Institutional and Jurisdictional Issues in Nuclear Waste Management
102168: May 20, 1977
The fragmentation of existing responsibility governing the storage and disposal of nuclear wastes between the Energy Research and Development Agency (ERDA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and questions concerning the proper role of federal/state relations dealing with nuclear waste management can potentially hinder the orderly development and implementation of a national nuclear waste...