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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...
Department of Energy: Status of Contract and Project Management Reforms
GAO-03-570T: Published: Mar 20, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2003.
DOE spends more money on contracts than any other civilian federal agency because it relies primarily on contractors to operate its sites and carry out its diverse missions. These missions include maintaining the nuclear weapons stockpile, cleaning up radioactive and hazardous waste, and supporting basic energy and science research activities. For fiscal year 2001, DOE spent about 90 percent of it...
Department of Energy: Follow-Up Review of the National Ignition Facility
GAO-01-677R: Published: Jun 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2001.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, run by the University of California, is building the National Ignition Facility (NIF) to simulate, in a laboratory setting, the thermonuclear conditions created in nuclear explosion. The facility will allow scientists to evaluate the behavior of nuclear weapons without explosive testing. This report reviews (1) the role of NIF in the Stockpile Stewardshi...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project--Uncertainties May Affect Performance, Schedule, and Price
RCED-00-106: Published: Apr 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project's status and potential uncertainties with regard to: (1) successfully treating mixed waste; (2) meeting the project's deadlines; and (3) minimizing increases in the contract price.GAO noted that: (1) changes in the technical approach have simplified the treatment of most of the...
Department of Energy: Need to Address Longstanding Management Weaknesses
T-RCED-99-255: Published: Jul 13, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed proposals for reorganizing the Department of Energy (DOE), focusing on: (1) longstanding weaknesses in DOE's management that GAO has identified over the past several years; (2) the effect that the proposals to deal with national security weaknesses would have on addressing these weaknesses; and (3) a framework for evaluating DOE's missions and pos...
Nuclear Waste: Management Problems at the Department of Energy's Hanford Spent Fuel Storage Project
T-RCED-98-119: Published: May 12, 1998. Publicly Released: May 12, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) project to change how DOE stores spent (or irradiated) nuclear fuel from its nuclear reactors at DOE's Hanford site in Washington, focusing on the: (1) risks posed by the storage of the spent nuclear fuel; (2) project's status; (3) major reasons for delays and cost increases; and (4) measures being taken to address...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Management and Organization of the Nevada Repository Project
RCED-95-27: Published: Dec 23, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its nuclear waste repository project, focusing on: (1) whether DOE is effectively using its management contractor to manage the project; (2) DOE efforts to consolidate participants' activities, streamline decisionmaking, and reduce project costs; and (3) the recent DOE initiative to reorganize project...
Department of Energy: Cleaning Up Inactive Facilities Will Be Difficult
RCED-93-149: Published: Jun 25, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) program for cleaning up inactive facilities, focusing on: (1) the program's potential scope and cost over the next 30 years; (2) major problems facing the program; and (3) the current DOE approach for managing the program.GAO found that: (1) DOE could not accurately estimate how many inactive faciliti...
Energy Management: DOE Has Improved Oversight of Its Work for Others Program
RCED-93-111: Published: Apr 7, 1993. Publicly Released: May 7, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) controls over its Work for Others program, focusing on: (1) DOE progress in correcting problems discussed in a 1989 GAO report; and (2) activities of the DOE San Francisco field offices and its two largest facilities.GAO found that: (1) DOE has initiated several actions in response to the GAO report, including estab...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford's Well-Drilling Costs Can Be Reduced
RCED-93-71: Published: Mar 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) well-drilling program at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) DOE and contractors' actions to reduce well-drilling costs; and (2) opportunities for additional cost savings.GAO found that: (1) well installation costs could be lowered by using more efficient drilling methods; (2) DOE directed its contractors to study dr...