Energy research (21 - 30 of 61 items)
Federal Research: Concerns About the Superconducting Super Collider
T-RCED-92-48: Published: Apr 9, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1992.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). GAO noted that: (1) DOE has made considerable progress on the development of the superconducting magnets, but more work is needed before industry can mass-produce the magnets; (2) the potential impact of cost and schedule changes is unknown because DOE does not have an integrated management system in place to moni...
Federal Research: Concerns About Developing and Producing Magnets for the Superconducting Super Collider
T-RCED-91-51: Published: May 9, 1991. Publicly Released: May 9, 1991.
GAO discussed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), focusing on the DOE and SSC laboratory's approach in developing and industrially producing SSC laboratory's superconducting magnets. GAO noted that: (1) although the industry produced superconducting magnets for an accelerator, it was difficult to determine whether the DOE and the SSC laboratory woul...
Federal Research: Status of DOE's Superconducting Super Collider
RCED-91-116: Published: Apr 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), focusing on the: (1) stability of DOE and SSC laboratory project management; (2) uncertainties related to the SSC site geology; (3) uncertainties and risks associated with magnet development and production; and (4) Texas' proposed contribution to the project's cost...
Better DOE Controls Needed Over Contractors' Discretionary R&D Funds
T-RCED-91-25: Published: Mar 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management oversight of three multiprogram laboratories' discretionary research and development (R&D) activities. GAO noted that DOE: (1) had specific authority to approve laboratories' reasonable use of funds for discretionary R&D activities; (2) guidance was not clear enough to ensure that laboratories used discretionary R&D funds appropriately; (3)...
Nuclear Research and Development: Shippingport Decommissioning--How Applicable Are the Lessons Learned?
RCED-90-208: Published: Sep 4, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) decommissioning of a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant, focusing on: (1) whether DOE had met congressional goals described in a 1986 hearing; and (2) additional information that could assist the commercial power plant industry.GAO found that: (1) DOE generally met congressional goals established for the power plant b...
Energy R&D: DOE's Allocation of Funds for Basic and Applied Research and Development
RCED-90-148BR: Published: May 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) process for allocating energy research and development (R&D) funds, focusing on: (1) how DOE prioritized and coordinated funding requests among R&D program areas; (2) how DOE priorities have evolved over the past 10 years; (3) how DOE distributed R&D funding; and (4) the extent to which DOE has invested in major dem...
Federal Research: Determination of the Best Qualified Sites for DOE's Super Collider
RCED-89-18: Published: Jan 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the process for determining the best-qualified sites for the superconducting super collider (SSC), specifically the: (1) composition of the site evaluation committee; (2) committee's use of the Department of Energy's (DOE) technical evaluation and cost criteria; (3) impact of the DOE decision not to have the committee make site visits; (4) commi...
Technology Transfer: U.S. and Foreign Participation in R&D at Federal Laboratories
RCED-88-203BR: Published: Aug 15, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed: (1) the extent of U.S. and foreign researchers' participation in federal research and development laboratories; (2) federal laboratories' policies regarding foreign access to research and development; (3) reciprocity between federal laboratory researchers and foreign researchers; and (4) the implications of these issues for U.S. policy on foreign...
Competition: Information on Federally Funded Research and Development Centers
NSIAD-88-116FS: Published: May 24, 1988. Publicly Released: May 24, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding 12 federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC), focusing on: (1) their official statements of mission; (2) how the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) oversee FFRDC; and (3) how DOD or DOE place work at FFRDC they sponsor.GAO found that: (1) FFRDC conducted research or policy analyses i...
A Long-Term Plan Is Needed To Guide DOE and Multiprogram Laboratory Research and Development Activities
RCED-84-30: Published: Jan 16, 1984. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 1984.
A review was completed of the Department of Energy's (DOE) research and development (R&D) planning activities to determine whether DOE provided sufficient planning direction to its nine contractor-operated research laboratories and whether this direction was based on long-term DOE R&D goals, objectives, and priorities.In March 1982, DOE initiated efforts to develop a 5-year R&D plan to identify it...