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National Ignition Facility: Management and Oversight Failures Caused Major Cost Overruns and Schedule Delays

RCED-00-271 Published: Aug 08, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 2000.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Ignition Facility (NIF), focusing on the: (1) magnitude of NIF's cost and schedule overruns; (2) reasons for these cost and schedule problems; (3) effects of NIF's cost and schedule on other weapons and science programs; and (4) DOE's and Lawrence Livermore's actions to correct these problems.

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