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Released on May 26, 2017
Commercial Nuclear Waste: Resuming Licensing of the Yucca Mountain Repository Would Require Rebuilding Capacity at DOE and NRC, Among Other Key Steps[back to top]
GAO-17-340: Published: Apr 26, 2017. Publicly Released: May 26, 2017.
Power plants in 33 states store nearly 80,000 metric tons of radioactive waste. In 2008, the Department of Energy applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build an underground repository for this waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. In 2010, DOE reversed course and said Yucca Mountain was no longer a workable option. DOE and NRC then took steps such as eliminating funding and vacating NRC's...
Released on May 25, 2017
Congressional Award Foundation: Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2016
GAO-17-554R: Published: May 25, 2017. Publicly Released: May 25, 2017.
Based on the limited procedures GAO performed in reviewing the independent public accountant's (IPA) financial audit of the Congressional Award Foundation's (Foundation) fiscal year 2016 financial statements, GAO did not identify any significant issues related to the financial statement audit that it believes require attention. Had GAO performed additional procedures, other matters might have come...
Iraq: DOD Needs to Improve Visibility and Accountability Over Equipment Provided to Iraq's Security Forces
GAO-17-433: Published: May 25, 2017. Publicly Released: May 25, 2017.
The United States has provided over $2 billion in equipment to Iraq's security forces through the Iraq Train and Equip Fund to counter the expansion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. However, the Department of Defense does not collect timely and accurate transportation information about the equipment purchased through the fund. As a result, DOD can't demonstrate that this equipment reached...
Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Efforts Intended to Improve Procedures for Requesting Additional Information for Licensing Actions Are Under Way[back to top]
GAO-17-344: Published: Apr 25, 2017. Publicly Released: May 25, 2017.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviews more than 2,500 applications per year from applicants seeking, for example, licenses to construct reactors or dispose of nuclear waste. To help NRC decide whether to approve such applications, staff may request additional information from applicants. This process has been criticized for the amount of time and resources it takes. Applicants we interviewed...
Released on May 24, 2017
Department of Energy: Continued Actions Needed to Address Management Challenges
GAO-17-651T: Published: May 24, 2017. Publicly Released: May 24, 2017.
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration manages the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and supports nonproliferation efforts. DOE's Office of Environmental Management addresses contamination at nuclear weapons production sites. We testified that NNSA hasn’t aligned budgets with plans to modernize its nuclear weapons, which raises affordability concerns NNSA has faced pr...
Electronic Cigarettes: U.S. Imports in 2016
GAO-17-515R: Published: Apr 24, 2017. Publicly Released: May 24, 2017.
The federal government began collecting data on U.S. imports of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) on January 1, 2016. We analyzed these new data and found that the value of U.S. e-cigarette imports totaled about $342 million in 2016—and brought in about $9 million in tariff revenue. E-cigarette devices accounted for nearly 60% of the value of these imports, parts for nearly 32%, and liquid f...
High Risk: Actions Needed to Address Serious Weaknesses in Federal Management of Programs Serving Indian Tribes
GAO-17-589T: Published: May 24, 2017. Publicly Released: May 24, 2017.
The Department of the Interior and the Department of Health and Human Services offer education, energy resource management, health care, and other programs for Indian tribes and their members. We testified on both Departments' weaknesses in managing these programs. These weaknesses have contributed to unsafe conditions at Bureau of Indian Education schools, limited or missed opportunities for tri...
Indian Affairs: Actions Needed to Better Manage Indian School Construction Projects
GAO-17-447: Published: May 24, 2017. Publicly Released: May 24, 2017.
The Department of the Interior's (Interior) Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs (Indian Affairs) does not have a comprehensive capital asset plan to guide the allocation of funding for school construction projects across its 185 Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. Indian Affairs is in the process of replacing 3 schools and plans to replace 10 additional schools from a list of 54...
Indian Affairs: Further Actions Needed to Improve Oversight and Accountability for School Safety Inspections
GAO-17-421: Published: May 24, 2017. Publicly Released: May 24, 2017.
The Department of the Interior (Interior) and its Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs (Indian Affairs) have not taken actions to address identified weaknesses in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) safety program, despite internal evaluations that have consistently found it to be failing. Specifically, Interior's internal evaluations conducted since 2011 identified major deficiencies...
Inspectors General: Improvements Needed to IG Oversight of Architect of the Capitol Operations[back to top]
GAO-17-666T: Published: May 24, 2017. Publicly Released: May 24, 2017.
In November 2016 GAO reported that the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) Office of Inspector General's (OIG) audit planning from fiscal year 2012 through 2015 did not include either risk assessments or assigned priorities for conducting audits consistent with Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) standards. In addition, the OIG did not adopt the CIGIE standards in its...