Program management (41 - 50 of 88 items)
Gas Pipeline Safety: Preliminary Observations on the Integrity Management Program and 7-Year Reassessment Requirement
GAO-06-474T: Published: Mar 16, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2006.
About a dozen people are killed or injured in natural gas transmission pipeline incidents each year. In an effort to improve upon this safety record, the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 requires that operators assess pipeline segments in about 20,000 miles of highly populated or frequented areas for safety risks, such as corrosion, welding defects, or incorrect operation. Half of these bas...
Nuclear Weapons: NNSA Needs to Refine and More Effectively Manage Its New Approach for Assessing and Certifying Nuclear Weapons
GAO-06-261: Published: Feb 3, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2006.
In 1992, the United States began a unilateral moratorium on the testing of nuclear weapons. To compensate for the lack of testing, the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) developed the Stockpile Stewardship Program to assess and certify the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear stockpile without nuclear testing. In 2001, NNSA's weapons laboratories began...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Better Management Controls Needed for Some DOE Projects in Russia and Other Countries
GAO-05-828: Published: Aug 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2005.
The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2004 mandated that we assess the management of threat reduction and nonproliferation programs that the Departments of Defense and Energy each administer. The objective of this report is to assess how the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) implements management controls, which we define here to be the processes ensuri...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: DOE's Effort to Close Russia's Plutonium Production Reactors Faces Challenges, and Final Shutdown Is Uncertain
GAO-04-662: Published: Jun 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2004.
Russia's continued operation of three plutonium production reactors poses a serious proliferation threat. The Department of Energy's (DOE) Elimination of Weapons-Grade Plutonium Production program seeks to facilitate the reactors' closure by building or refurbishing replacement fossil fuel plants. This report (1) describes DOE's efforts to manage and implement the program, (2) assesses the challen...
Yucca Mountain: Persistent Quality Assurance Problems Could Delay Repository Licensing and Operation
GAO-04-460: Published: Apr 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2004.
The Department of Energy (DOE) must obtain a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to construct a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. In licensing, a quality assurance program helps ensure that the information used to demonstrate the safety of the repository is defensible and well documented. DOE developed a corrective action plan in 2002 to fix recurring problems wi...
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...
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...
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...
Department of Energy Implementation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
126343: Mar 5, 1985
GAO discussed its recently issued reports on Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to implement the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. In those reports, GAO noted that DOE has made significant progress toward implementing major legislative requirements. However, although DOE is required to make a formal recommendation as to the proposed site for the first nuclear waste repository by January 1, 1985, it does n...