GAO reviewed the efforts of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to terminate the Common Support Agreement between FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE). This termination would transfer from DOE to FERC the responsibility for performing certain administrative functions in support of FERC.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Federal Energy Regulatory Commission||1. The Chairman of FERC in cooperation with the Secretary of Energy should make complete evaluations of the resources which FERC needs in order to assume responsibility for the functions to be transferred, including completion of the evaluations already arranged for.|
|Federal Energy Regulatory Commission||2. The Chairman of FERC in cooperation with the Secretary of Energy should prepare a transition plan for the transfer, including: (1) a schedule for acquisition of resources which would provide for installation, testing, and training; (2) a schedule for assuming responsibilities from DOE as FERC completes its preparations to receive them; and (3) provision for DOE system backup to avoid loss of vital information and problems until the FERC systems are operating satisfactorily.|