The Office of Special Counsel obtained settlements for several whistleblowers who were disciplined for calling out the Energy Department's Bonneville Power Administration for manipulating the hiring process, says an April 2 OSC statement.
The Energy Department's office responsible for disposing of degrading nuclear facilities are not able to clean up those sites because of budget constraints, says a March 19 Government Accountability Office report.
New conference rules, adopted in response to spending scandals over the last few years, caused a decline in attendance at federal science and technology conferences, says a March 4 Government Accountability Office report.
The Energy Department's ability to manage contaminated facilities that need to be disposed of is hindered by limited data on those facilities, says a Feb. 25 Government Accountability Office report.
The agencies responsible for protecting military technology have taken steps to strengthen oversight, but there are weaknesses that still need to be addressed, says a Feb. 10 Government Accountability Office report.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission isn't protecting non-public information the way it should and that means some classified information may have been shared with industry officials, says a recently released Energy Department inspector general report.
The federal government's energy consumption is at its lowest since at least 1975, says a Feb. 4 Energy Information Administration statement.
The Energy Department's approval of security consolidation at the Oak Ridge Reservation was based on incomplete information and wouldn't actually save the government any money, says a recently released Dec. 16 DOE inspector general report. DOE's Oak Ridge Reservation is home to several sites including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the East Tennessee Technology Park.
The Energy Department needs to rethink how it calculates the costs of its programs, otherwise it risks dealing with cost overruns, a Nov. 25 Government Accountability Office report says.
Two of the agencies participating in a Small Business Administration innovation program opted to open the program to small businesses that are majority-owned by venture capital firms, says a Nov. 20 Government Accountability Office report. The Health and Human Services Department and the Energy Department opted to open part of their Small Business Innovation Research programs to small businesses that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital or similar firms, allowing such companies to apply for and receive SBIR awards, the report says.