Program evaluation (101 - 110 of 256 items)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Oversight of Security at Commercial Nuclear Power Plants Needs to Be Strengthened
GAO-03-752: Published: Sep 4, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2003.
The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks intensified the nation's focus on national preparedness and homeland security. Among possible terrorist targets are the nation's nuclear power plants--104 facilities containing radioactive fuel and waste. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) oversees plant security through an inspection program designed to verify the plants' compliance with security req...
Nuclear Waste: Challenges and Savings Opportunities in DOE's High-Level Waste Cleanup Program
GAO-03-930T: Published: Jul 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2003.
The Department of Energy (DOE) oversees the treatment and disposal of 94 million gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste from the nation's nuclear weapons program, currently at DOE sites in Washington, Idaho, and South Carolina. In 2002, DOE began an initiative to reduce the estimated $105-billion cost and 70-year time frame of this cleanup. GAO was asked to testify on the status of this initi...
Nuclear Waste: Challenges to Achieving Potential Savings in DOE's High-Level Waste Cleanup Program
GAO-03-593: Published: Jun 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2003.
The Department of Energy (DOE) oversees one of the largest cleanup programs in history--the treatment and disposal of 94 million gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste from the nation's nuclear weapons program. This waste is currently at DOE sites in Washington, Idaho, and South Carolina. In 2002, DOE began an initiative to reduce the estimated $105-billion cost and 70-year time frame of this...
Nuclear Weapons: Status of Planning for Stockpile Life Extension
GAO-02-146R: Published: Dec 7, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2001.
In the late 1980's, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Defense Programs altered its mission. Instead of designing, testing, and building new nuclear weapons, the Office began to focus on maintaining the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile indefinitely without nuclear testing. This mission is performed by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a se...
Department of Energy: Status of Achieving Key Outcomes and Addressing Major Management Challenges
GAO-01-823: Published: Jun 29, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2001.
This report reviews the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal year 2002 performance report and fiscal 2002 performance plan as required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 to assess DOE's progress in achieving five key outcomes identified as important mission areas for the agency. GAO found that DOE's performance report did not always effectively demonstrate the agency's progress i...
Department of Energy: Lessons Learned Incorporated Into Performance-Based Incentive Contracts
RCED-98-223: Published: Jul 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the performance-based incentives at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford, Idaho Falls, Rocky Flats, and Savannah River sites to determine: (1) the extent to which DOE has incorporated lessons learned in developing its fiscal year (FY) 1998 performance-based incentives; (2) whether these incentives incorporate the baseline measures in DOE's 10-y...
RCED-94-49R: Published: Oct 27, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in implementing pilot tests for new environmental restoration management contractors (ERMC) at its Fernald and Hanford sites. GAO found that: (1) DOE has selected a contractor for the ERMC pilot test at the Fernald site; (2) DOE has not fully implemented the recommendations for improving ERMC pilot tests an...
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Nuclear Materials Program Needs Improvement to Protect Public Health and Safety
T-RCED-93-51: Published: Jul 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1993.
GAO discussed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) regulation of nuclear materials, focusing on: (1) NRC oversight of states that control nuclear materials themselves and it oversight of states that do not regulate nuclear materials; and (2) the effectiveness of these programs. GAO noted that: (1) NRC does not have a common set of performance standards and evaluation methods to compare its pr...
Cleanup Technology: Better Management for DOE's Technology Development Program
RCED-92-145: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: May 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its Technology Development (TD) Program, focusing on ways that DOE can increase the program's effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the TD Program as part of its efforts to clean up the environment; (2) although DOE has begun to implement the TD Program and fund major research and developme...
Cleanup Technology: DOE's Management of Environmental Cleanup Technology
T-RCED-92-29: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its programs to develop environmental clean-up technology. GAO noted that DOE: (1) faces a difficult task in the cleanup of its nuclear weapons complex; (2) began the technology development program and started funding eight integrated clean-up projects to address such problems as contaminated soil and groundwater, buried waste, and under...