Department of Energy, Executive (1 - 10 of 14 items)
Information Technology: Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems
GAO-16-468: Published: May 25, 2016. Publicly Released: May 25, 2016.
The federal government spent about 75 percent of the total amount budgeted for information technology (IT) for fiscal year 2015 on operations and maintenance (O&M) investments. Such spending has increased over the past 7 fiscal years, which has resulted in a $7.3 billion decline from fiscal years 2010 to 2017 in development, modernization, and enhancement activities.Total Federal IT Spending by Ty...
Propane and Heating Oil: Federal Oversight of the Propane Education and Research Council and National Oilheat Research Alliance Should Be Strengthened
GAO-10-981T: Published: Sep 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2010.
This testimony discusses highlights of our report on the extent to which the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) and National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) implement consumer education, research and development, and safety and training programs related to the use of propane and heating oil. Tens of millions of Americans rely on propane and heating oil for heat, hot water and--in the c...
Propane: Causes of Price Volatility, Potential Consumer Options, and Opportunities to Improve Consumer Information and Federal Oversight
GAO-03-762: Published: Jun 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2003.
More than 4.6 million residential households in the U.S., many with low incomes, rely on propane to heat their homes. Unfortunately, propane prices have been subject to major price spikes in two of the last three winters. Responding to congressional concern caused by these price spikes, GAO undertook a study to address the (1) factors that affect residential propane price volatility, (2) options a...
Research and Development: Lessons Learned from Previous Research Could Benefit FreedomCAR Initiative
GAO-02-810T: Published: Jun 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2002.
The federal government has spent billions of dollars attempting to reduce the consumption of petroleum in the transportation sector for over 25 years. Throughout the period, the government has tried tax incentives, mandates to use vehicles that run on alternative fuels, and laws designed to enhance fuel efficiency. More recently, the federal government conducted a $1.2 billion partnership between...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Export Licensing Procedures for Dual-Use Items Need to Be Strengthened
NSIAD-94-119: Published: Apr 26, 1994. Publicly Released: May 18, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed U.S. export licensing procedures for dual-use nuclear items, focusing on the: (1) nature and extent of U.S. nuclear-related dual-use exports to countries of proliferation concern; (2) policies and procedures for reviewing export license applications; and (3) methods used to deter and detect the diversion of exports to foreign nuclear proliferation...
Procurement Personnel: Information on the Procurement Workforce
GGD-88-7: Published: Nov 5, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the characteristics of the federal procurement work force in seven civilian agencies to determine whether the employees had the necessary skill and training to effectively manage and administer federal acquisition programs.GAO found that: (1) published data on the federal procurement work force was inadequate because of a lack of formal definiti...
Patent Policy: Recent Changes in Federal Law Considered Beneficial
RCED-87-44: Published: Apr 16, 1987. Publicly Released: May 20, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agency implementation of three recent patent policy changes and their impact on universities, small businesses, and other nonprofit organizations.GAO noted that federal agencies are in the process of implementing legislative amendments that: (1) change title rights to inventions that nonprofit organizations and small businesses develop with...
Controlling Exports of Dual-Use Nuclear-Related Equipment
NSIAD-83-28: Published: Sep 29, 1983. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1983.
GAO examined export controls on items which, in addition to civil nuclear or non-nuclear uses, have potential applications to the design, testing, or use of nuclear weapons. GAO focused on: (1) the extent of exports, as well as the foreign availability of similar equipment; (2) the export licensing review process for dual-use items; and (3) requirements for end-use assurances for dual-use items an...
Priority Support for Energy Programs Under the Defense Production Act
ID-82-60: Published: Sep 14, 1982. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Commerce procedures which pertain to priorities for acquiring steel to meet future energy requirements. The Defense Production Act of 1950 authorizes the President to give priority support to certain energy programs to maximize domestic energy supplies.The President is empowered by the Act to delegate authority f...
Impact of Funding on Materials R&D Programs in the Departments of Energy and Commerce, and NASA Since FY 1980
EMD-82-73: Published: Apr 19, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1982.
GAO was requested to review the impact of funding levels on materials research and development (R&D) programs in the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The review was limited to an analysis of only those budget line items and component materials R&D activities that agency budget and program officials could identify...