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Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Internal Control and Promote Transparency

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Why GAO Did This Study. Congress established DNFSB in 1988 to provide independent analysis and recommendations to the Department of Energy DOE to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety at defense nuclear facilities. DNFSB consists of a five-member Board, which currently has two vacancies, and about 103 technical, legal, and administrative staff. DNFSB s fiscal year 2013 budget was 26.8 million. Until fiscal year 2012, DNFSB was not required to have an IG and did not have routine independent oversight by any other federal entity. GAO was asked to review the operations and oversight of DNFSB. This report examines the extent to which DNFSB had 1 policies and procedures governing the activities of the Board and technical staff 2 assessed its internal controls 3 meeting and voting practices that are transparent to the public and 4 taken steps to obtain IG oversight and the results of those steps. GAO reviewed relevant federal laws, regulations, and guidance analyzed DNFSB documents, including records of internal control assessments interviewed officials from DNFSB, NRC-OIG, and DOE and gathered information from 14 other federal agency IGs. What GAO Recommends. GAO recommends, among other things, that DNFSB document its internal control assessment activities and implement a policy to publicly disclose the results of Board votes. In commenting on a draft of this report, DNFSB described actions it had taken or planned to take to address these recommendations.

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  • Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Engineering

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