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Renewable Fuel Standard: Actions Needed to Improve Decision-Making in the Small Refinery Exemption Program

GAO-23-104273
Nov 03, 2022
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7 Open Recommendations
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Environmental Protection Agency The Administrator of EPA should reassess EPA's conclusion that all small refineries recover their RFS compliance costs in the price of the gasoline and diesel they sell, including by fully examining and documenting RIN market performance and RIN pass-through in all relevant fuel markets. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should develop an approach for consulting on small refinery exemption petitions that provides EPA with useful information on disproportionate economic hardship. (Recommendation 2)
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Environmental Protection Agency The Administrator of EPA should identify and communicate what information refineries would need to submit to demonstrate disproportionate economic hardship. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should develop policies and procedures for its consultation with EPA on small refinery exemption petitions. (Recommendation 4)
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Environmental Protection Agency The Administrator of EPA should develop policies and procedures for making small refinery exemption decisions. (Recommendation 5)
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Environmental Protection Agency The Administrator of EPA should develop policies and procedures to ensure that EPA meets statutory deadlines to issue decisions, including tracking when petitions are considered complete. (Recommendation 6)
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Nuclear Energy Projects: DOE Should Institutionalize Oversight Plans for Demonstrations of New Reactor Types [Reissued with revisions on Sept. 15, 2022]

GAO-22-105394
Sep 15, 2022
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Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should ensure that the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy and the Director of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations coordinate and institutionalize via documentation their processes for providing oversight for large nuclear energy demonstration projects, including the use of external independent reviews, steps for addressing any risks identified, and criteria for which projects should use these processes. (Recommendation 1)
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Nuclear Waste Cleanup: DOE's Efforts to Manage Depleted Uranium Would Benefit from Clearer Legal Authorities

GAO-22-105471
Jul 27, 2022
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Congress Congress should consider enacting legislation to clarify DOE's authority to sell depleted uranium, including any conditions connected to such sales. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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Financial Management: DOE and NNSA Have Opportunities to Improve Management of Carryover Balances

GAO-22-104541
Jul 25, 2022
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Department of Energy The DOE Chief Financial Officer should document DOE's and NNSA's percentage target thresholds to more clearly describe how the thresholds should be applied to uncosted balances and better define the purpose of the percentage targets to ensure that EM, NNSA, and other departmental elements apply the thresholds consistently. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Energy The DOE Chief Financial Officer, with input from other departmental elements, should either document the basis of support for the 40 percent target threshold that DOE uses to identify and assess uncosted carryover balances in EM and NNSA programs related to the DOE-wide costing category for grants and cooperative agreements or revise the threshold, and then document the methodology and analysis supporting the department's decisions. (Recommendation 2)
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National Nuclear Security Administration The NNSA Associate Administrator for Management and Budget, with input from pertinent NNSA program offices, should either document the basis of support for the 45 percent threshold that NNSA uses to identify and assess uncosted carryover balances related to the NNSA-specific costing category for weapon modernization programs or revise the threshold, and document the methodology and analysis supporting the agency's decisions. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Energy The DOE Chief Financial Officer, with input from other departmental elements, should periodically reassess the four target thresholds that DOE uses to identify and assess uncosted carryover balances in EM and NNSA programs to ensure that they reflect the current budgetary environment, including with respect to any assumptions made about the duration of continuing resolutions, and either revalidate or revise the thresholds. (Recommendation 4)
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National Nuclear Security Administration The NNSA Associate Administrator for Management and Budget, with input from relevant NNSA program offices, should periodically reassess the target threshold that NNSA uses to identify and assess uncosted carryover balances related to its weapon modernization programs to ensure that it reflects the current budgetary environment, including with respect to any assumptions made about the duration of continuing resolutions, and either revalidate or revise the threshold. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of Energy The DOE Chief Financial Officer should develop guidance that clearly documents the process that DOE and NNSA staff should use when assessing excess uncosted balances and the sufficiency of their justifications, including describing how to make and document determinations about the sufficiency of the justifications. (Recommendation 6)
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