Department of Energy:

Procedures Followed in Awarding Grants to Study Uses of Collider's Assets

RCED-95-53: Published: Dec 13, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) procedures for awarding grants for studies of future uses of Superconducting Super Collider assets, focusing on: (1) whether DOE complied with federal regulations and its own procedures in awarding research grants; (2) how the solicited grants' funding and timing compared; and (3) whether grantees residing in Texas had an unreasonable advantage over grantees from outside states.

GAO found that: (1) although DOE generally complied with federal regulations and department procedures in awarding grants to study future uses of the collider project's assets, DOE did not notify unsuccessful grant applicants in writing that they could request additional detailed information on grant decisions as required; (2) DOE officials assumed that the unsuccessful applicants would contact them if any additional information was desired; (3) although most of the DOE grants varied in funding and technical support because of their scope, nature, and complexity, most of the grants were comparable in timing; (4) the grantees were generally satisfied with the the level of funding and technical support they requested and received; and (5) although grantees residing in Texas had the obvious advantage of being located near the collider's site, no other advantages were identified for Texas grantees.

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