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Department of Energy: Continued Actions Needed to Modernize Nuclear Infrastructure and Address Management Challenges

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Technical Report

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United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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DOEs NNSA is responsible for managing the nuclear weapons stockpile and supporting nuclear nonproliferation efforts. DOEs Office of Environmental Managements mission includes decontaminating and decommissioning facilities that are contaminated from decades of nuclear weapons production. Over the last few years, GAO has reported on a wide range of challenges facing DOE and NNSA. These challenges contribute to GAOs continuing inclusion of DOEs and NNSAs management of major contracts and projects on the list of agencies and program areas that are at high risk of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or are in need of transformation. GAO also recently added the U.S. governments environmental liabilities to this list. This statement is based on 25 GAO reports issued from April 2011 through January 2018 and discusses 1 challenges related to the affordability of NNSAs nuclear modernization plans 2 challenges related to DOEs environmental liability 3 the status of DOEs efforts to improve its management of contracts, projects, and programs and 4 challenges facing NNSAs nonproliferation programs. GAO has previously suggested that Congress consider changes to the laws governing environmental cleanup activities. In addition to these suggestions, GAO has made numerous recommendations to DOE to address its management challenges.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Nuclear Weapons

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