Federal Research:

Super Collider Is Over Budget and Behind Schedule

RCED-93-87: Published: Feb 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the cost and schedule for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC).

GAO found that: (1) the SSC contractor has not fully implemented a cost and schedule system as the contract requires; (2) the prime contractor's accounting system has misallocated expenses among its accounts; (3) the contractor's accounting records were incomplete and do not include all savings and cost increases; (4) major subcontractors' reports have identified cost overruns and schedule delays; (5) the Department of Energy's (DOE) analyses of the subcontractors' reports showed that the conventional construction subcontractor was 19 percent behind schedule and 51 percent over the baseline cost; (6) funding from foreign countries has been slow to materialize; (7) DOE is considering deleting or deferring the installation of some detector components if it does not receive funding from other sources; (8) without significant funding from Japan, it is doubtful that the goal of $1.7 billion in foreign funding will be met; and (9) a 1-year slip in the project's schedule could increase total SSC cost by $400 million.

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