Ineffective Management of the Appropriate Technology Small Grants Program

EMD-81-113: Published: Sep 15, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1981.

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GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Appropriate Technology Small Grants (ATSG) program. GAO believes that the ATSG program can help overcome barriers to the development and use of energy-related appropriate technology.

The broad ATSG program goals established by DOE appear to adequately reflect the legislative purposes of the program. However, GAO does not believe that DOE has managed the ATSG program effectively. GAO found that: (1) the DOE efforts to make technical assistance available to grantees have been limited; (2) DOE has not effectively coordinated the ATSG program with related DOE or other Federal agency programs which have the potential to help further ATSG program goals; and (3) DOE failed to assure that the criteria used to evaluate the merits of proposals for program funding were being consistently applied. As a result of these problems, GAO believes that the limited program funds have not been used most effectively to encourage the development and widespread use of energy-related appropriate technology.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Energy should direct the Department to develop an effective mechanism to disseminate project results to potential users.

    Agency Affected: Department of Energy

  2. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Energy should make technical assistance available to grantees to resolve problems identified through project monitoring or brought to the Department's attention by grantees.

    Agency Affected: Department of Energy

 

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