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The 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act sought to streamline and improve the federal environmental review of and authorization process for 10 kinds of major infrastructure projects, including pipelines and renewable energy production.
Prices for four energy commodities--crude oil, heating oil, unleaded gasoline, and natural gas--have risen substantially since 2002. Some observers believe that higher energy prices are the result of changes in supply and demand.
GAO was asked to review decisions by the Oak Ridge Operations Office and the Technical Information Center, Department of Energy, to contract for services which were or could be performed by Government employees.