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Project Management: DOE and NNSA Should Improve Their Lessons-Learned Process for Capital Asset Projects
In 2007, the Department of Energy's nuclear security agency started building a facility to dispose of unneeded weapons-grade plutonium. After cost increases, schedule delays, and nearly $6 billion in spending, Energy cancelled the project in 2018. While this project was running, Energy took steps to address inexperience among its project management staff. As oversight improved, the project contractor's performance problems became clearer. Energy has historically struggled to complete projectsin addition to this onewithin cost and schedule estimates. We made 3 recommendations to improve how Energy uses the lessons learned from its projects.
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