Program evaluation (111 - 120 of 255 items)
Progress Made Implementing the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988
T-RCED-91-44: Published: Apr 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988. GAO noted that: (1) technological readiness problems, market uncertainties, and other factors resulted in automobile manufacturers not providing DOE with the quantity, type, and size of alternative-fueled light-duty vehicles it desired; (2) DOE experienced much higher than projected additional...
Nuclear Science: Factors Leading to the Termination of the Antares Laser Research Program
RCED-90-160: Published: Jun 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the termination of the Antares Laser Research Program at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory.GAO found that: (1) DOE terminated the laser research program at the end of fiscal year 1985 because of a technical problem; (2) Los Alamos discovered that long-wavelength lasers generated electrons that preheated...
Perspectives on the Potential of Clean Coal Technologies to Reduce Emissions From Coal-Fired Power Plants
T-RCED-90-3: Published: Oct 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1989.
GAO discussed its reviews of the: (1) extent to which pending acid rain control legislation could influence utilities to consider using clean coal technologies; and (2) Department of Energy's (DOE) process for evaluating and selecting demonstration projects for funding under its Clean Coal Technology Program. GAO noted that: (1) surveyed utilities indicated plans to use clean coal technologies for...
Performance Evaluation: Energy Information Administration
PART-86-1: Published: Apr 16, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1986.
The Professional Audit Review Team (PART) presented the results of its evaluation of whether the Energy Information Administration (EIA) performed its activities independently, objectively, and professionally during fiscal years 1984 and 1985.PART found that: (1) although EIA has improved the management of its data and analyses, it has not established any standards detailing the scope and frequenc...
Offshore Oil and Gas: Inspection of Outer Continental Shelf Facilities
RCED-86-5: Published: Dec 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1986.
In response to congressional requests, GAO obtained information on: (1) the scope of the Minerals Management Service's (MMS) and the Coast Guard's inspection responsibilities for offshore oil and gas activities; (2) the nature and timeliness of the government's offshore safety and environmental inspections; and (3) the extent and timeliness of follow-up efforts.GAO found that: (1) both agencies ar...
Nuclear Regulation: Oversight of Quality Assurance at Nuclear Power Plants Needs Improvement
RCED-86-41: Published: Jan 23, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) efforts to: (1) identify declining performance trends in the operation of nuclear power plants that indicate the need for corrective action by utilities; and (2) require utilities to upgrade quality assurance programs when deficiencies are observed.GAO found that NRC assessments have provided the agency and utilities with a useful perspective...
Progress and Problems in Implementing the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
128370: Nov 6, 1985
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO testified on the progress of the Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear waste program and its problems in implementing the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. DOE has made progress in some areas such as the issuance of final repository siting guidelines and completion of a program planning document; however, it has had difficulty meeting many of the established schedul...
Nuclear Waste: Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of September 30, 1985
RCED-86-42: Published: Oct 30, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on: (1) the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982; (2) its progress in meeting legislated deadlines; (3) the status of the Nuclear Waste Fund; and (4) management initiatives and federal relations with states and Indian tribes.The act: (1) established a program to develop and construct nucl...
Evaluation of Cost Estimates Related to the Relicensing of Hydroelectric Projects
RCED-85-169: Published: Sep 16, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated widely varying cost estimates associated with relicensing three hydroelectric projects in California and transferring the projects' licenses from a private utility to municipalities and transferring all investor-owned hydroelectric projects nationwide.A study prepared by the public utility involved estimated a cost of $147.5 million per year in...
Problems Identified in FERC's Incentive Pricing Program for Natural Gas From Tight Formations
RCED-85-49: Published: Jun 13, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) incentive pricing program to determine the risks, costs, and other aspects of producing and pricing natural gas from tight formations.GAO found that the tight formations were not extraordinarily risky or costly to develop, and the criteria FERC used for qualifying tight formations depended heavily o...