Performance Evaluation of the Energy Information Administration

PART-93-1: Published: Jun 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1993.

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GAO reviewed the results of the Professional Audit Review Team's (PART) evaluation of the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

GAO found that: (1) recipients of EIA reports are confident in using the factual data in the reports and are satisfied with the reports' content; (2) 62 to 85 percent of the respondents stated that the reports are useful as sources of basic facts and for maintaining trend information; (3) only 2 to 15 percent of the respondents stated that the reports are useful for conducting investment analysis; (4) EIA use of more expedient reporting formats may not be viable, since many respondents were not likely to use the more expedient reporting formats even if a reasonable fee were charged; (5) EIA has spent 50 percent of its appropriated funds on support service contracts; (6) EIA technical monitors are inadequately trained and must work with an out-of-date guidance manual; and (7) EIA could cut operating costs by performing more of its support services with federal, instead of contractor, employees.

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