Nuclear Health and Safety:

DOE's Award Fees at Rocky Flats Do Not Adequately Reflect ES&H Problems

RCED-90-47: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1989.


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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent to which the Department of Energy (DOE) considered environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) matters in its contract award fee determinations for the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility.

GAO found that the DOE award fee determinations: (1) downplayed a variety of significant ES&H problems through questionable classifications and omissions; (2) emphasized production over ES&H matters; and (3) did not require DOE headquarters review or approval.

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