Energy Management:

High Risk Area Requires Fundamental Change

T-RCED-93-7: Published: Feb 17, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 1993.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) contract management. GAO noted that: (1) DOE vulnerability to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement stems from long-standing inadequacies in oversight of contractors' operations and activities; (2) weak contractor oversight significantly affected DOE ability to control costs; (3) DOE spent $1.6 billion to provide managers and staff with information to assist them in accomplishing their missions, but did not have management and financial information essential for effective contract management; (4) DOE did not provide objective criteria for award or management fees paid to contractors and sometimes rewarded contractors for questionable performance; (5) continued use of nonstandard contract clauses limited DOE control; (6) contracting weaknesses have contributed to significant environmental, safety, and health problems at DOE nuclear weapons plants; (7) DOE is changing its contracting practices to address material weaknesses by incorporating a new accountability rule into its contracts with profit-making organizations, deleting nonstandard contract clauses, denying award fees if contractor performance is unacceptable, and increasing field staff and contract oversight; and (8) with new contract terms and conditions, DOE hopes to make its contracting relationships more consistent with the government's interests.

Sep 8, 2017

Sep 5, 2017

May 26, 2017

May 25, 2017

May 24, 2017

May 17, 2017

May 3, 2017

May 1, 2017

Apr 26, 2017

Apr 11, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here