DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: NEED TO REEVALUATE ITS ROLE AND MISSIONS. TESTIMONY

This is the statement of Victor S. Rezendes, Director, Energy and Science Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Development Division, General Accounting Office (GAO), before the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water, U.S. House of Representatives, on the role and missions of the Department of Energy (DOE). In summary, GAO believes that this is an ideal time to reevaluate DOE and its missions. DOE's mission and priorities have changed dramatically over time so that the Department is now very different from what it was in 1977 when it was created in response to the nation's energy crisis. While energy research, conservation and policy-making dominated early DOE priorities, weapons production and now environmental cleanup overshadow its budget. New missions in science and industrial competitiveness have emerged. In addition, DOE suffers from significant management problems, ranging from poor environmental management of the nuclear weapons complex to major internal inefficiencies rooted in poor oversight of contractors, inadequate information systems, and workforce weaknesses. Thus, this agency is ripe for change. GAO believes that any discussion of major restructuring within DOE should start with basic questions about the need for, and the best place for implementing, each mission.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00675376
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO/T-RCED-95-85
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1995 12:00AM