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Low-Dose Radiation: Agency Leadership and Collaboration Are Needed to Set the Direction of Future Research

GAO-24-106317
Dec 07, 2023
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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should ensure that the Director of the Office of Science leads a collaborative effort with all other relevant agencies to determine how to respond to the National Academies report, including clarifying roles and responsibilities for a research program on low-dose radiation. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Energy If in the process of leading a collaborative effort, the Office of Science finds that it should share or hand over leadership to another agency, the Secretary of Energy should ensure that the Director of the Office of Science or other designee work with Congress to determine how best to meet DOE's statutory requirements under the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Nuclear Materials: DOE Plans for Savannah River Site's H-Canyon Facility

GAO-24-106494
Dec 07, 2023
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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should ensure that the Senior Advisor of EM and the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Nuclear Energy enter into a written agreement for the planned use of H-Canyon to process any future shipments of domestic research reactor fuel, including fuel from the University Fuel Services program. (Recommendation 1)
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DOE agreed with this recommendation. In its November 2023 response letter, DOE stated that EM and the Office of Nuclear Energy will develop a written agreement describing the collaborative process the two programs will use to plan shipments and receipts of domestic research reactor fuel. DOE estimated completing this action by December 2024.
Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should ensure that the Senior Advisor of EM and the Administrator of NNSA enter into a written agreement for the planned use of H-Canyon to process any future shipments of foreign research reactor fuel not already included in an MOA or written agreement. (Recommendation 2)
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DOE agreed with this recommendation. In its November 2023 response letter, DOE stated that EM and NNSA will develop a written agreement describing the collaborative process the two programs will use to plan shipments and receipts of foreign research reactor fuel not already included in an MOA or written agreement. DOE estimated completing this action by December 2024.
Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should direct the Senior Advisor of EM to work with the Director of NIST to enter into a written agreement for the planned use of H-Canyon to process any future shipments of domestic research reactor fuel from the NIST Center for Neutron Research program. (Recommendation 3)
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DOE agreed with this recommendation. In its November 2023 response letter, DOE stated that EM will work with NIST to develop a written agreement describing the collaborative process that will be used to plan shipments and receipts of domestic research reactor fuel from the NIST Center for Neutron Research program. DOE estimated completing this action by December 2024.

High-Risk Radioactive Material: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Security of Sources No Longer in Use

GAO-24-105998
Nov 30, 2023
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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the NRC and in consultation with other relevant stakeholders, should conduct an analysis to evaluate options and take action to facilitate long-term storage, within agency authorities, to better secure foreign-origin americium-241 until a permanent disposal or viable recycling option is available. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission The Chairman of the NRC, in coordination with DOE and in consultation with other relevant stakeholders, should conduct an analysis to evaluate options and take action to facilitate long-term storage, within agency authorities, to better secure foreign-origin americium-241 until a permanent disposal or viable recycling option is available. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission The Chairman of the NRC should comprehensively assess leading practices that, if implemented, would minimize the time that disused sources are in a licensee's possession. These practices include financial assurances for all category 1, 2, and 3 sources; tracking of category 3 sources; possession time limits or fees for disused sources; and orphan source funds. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Nuclear Waste Cleanup: Army Corps Could Benefit from Following Leading Practices for Program Management for Contaminated Sites

GAO-23-105968
Oct 17, 2023
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5 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers update the FUSRAP Program Management Plan to follow leading practices for program management, for example, by including details in the plan on how to allocate staffing resources shared among project sites. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers create a program roadmap for FUSRAP that follows leading practices for program management, for example, by tracking CERCLA phases for each site and projecting when sites would need contracting support or technical expertise. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers develop a comprehensive, integrated life cycle cost estimate for FUSRAP that follows leading practices for program management, for example, by including both past and future program costs. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conduct risk management for FUSRAP at the program level that follows leading practices for program management, for example, by developing a risk register. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers include the specific needs of FUSRAP communities in district level outreach strategies being developed in support of the Justice40 Initiative. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.