High Risk Series:

Department of Energy Contract Management

HR-93-9: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) contract management weaknesses, focusing on DOE failure to adequately oversee contractors that manage and operate the nuclear weapons complex and national laboratory network.

GAO noted that: (1) DOE contract management weaknesses have led to mismanagement of federal property and funds; (2) DOE is required to reimburse contractors for money and materials stolen by contractor employees and for fines the contractors incurred for environmental law violations; (3) vulnerability to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement stemmed from long-standing inadequacies in DOE oversight of contactors' operations and activities; (4) 70 percent of DOE management and operating contracts did not employ standard contract clauses used by other federal agencies; and (5) DOE contracts gave contractors excessive latitude, increased the government's financial risk, and restricted its ability to control costs, since DOE failed to provide objective criteria for award or management fees paid to contractors.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: Farmers Home Administration's Farm Loan Programs HR-93-1, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Guaranteed Student Loans HR-93-2, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Bank Insurance Fund HR-93-3, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Resolution Trust Corporation HR-93-4, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation HR-93-5, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Medicare Claims HR-93-6, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition HR-93-7, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Contract Pricing HR-93-8, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Department of Energy Contract Management HR-93-9, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-93-10, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: NASA Contract Management HR-93-11, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-93-12, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Internal Revenue Service Receivables HR-93-13, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Managing the Customs Service HR-93-14, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Management of Overseas Real Property HR-93-15, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Federal Transit Administration Grant Management HR-93-16, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs HR-93-17, Dec 1, 1992

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