U.S. International Energy Research and Development Program Management

ID-80-14: Published: Feb 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1980.


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The Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts in cooperative international energy research and development arrangements were reviewed.

The following needs were found: (1) mechanisms to identify potential cooperative international energy projects; (2) guidelines and criteria for determining a reasonable level of U.S. contribution; (3) opportunities for U.S. private sector competition; and (4) controls over the status of research and development payments. While International Energy Agency (IEA) officials claim that considerable progress has been made in cooperative energy research and development arrangements, they and DOE officials believe that it is too early to fully assess the technological benefits. IEA believes that more can and should be done.

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  • Review Pending-GAO has not yet assessed implementation status.
  • Open-Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-implemented-Actions that satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-not implemented-While the intent of the recommendation has not been satisfied, time or circumstances have rendered the recommendation invalid.
    • Review Pending
    • Open
    • Closed - implemented
    • Closed - not implemented

    Recommendation for Executive Action

    Recommendation: The Secretary of DOE should, in coordination with the Secretary of State and in consultation with other affected agencies, develop a clear policy statement and establish guidelines for U.S. participation in cooperative bilateral and multilateral energy research and development arrangements. The guidelines should address identification of projects, cost-sharing, private sector opportunities, and controls over payments.

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    Status: Closed

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

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