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IG: Consolidation of security at Oak Ridge wouldn't save the DOE any money

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.

Energy, NNSA need to better calculate cost estimates for programs, GAO says

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.

GAO: 2 agencies awarding SBA contracts to businesses owned by venture capital firms

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.

GAO: 2013 shutdown affected contract and grants programs at some agencies

The 2013 government shutdown impacted operations at three agencies the Government Accountability Office reviewed including closures of clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health, a recently released Oct. 15 GAO report says. GAO reviewed programs at the Health and Human Services Department, Energy Department and Transportation Department and found the October 2013 lapse in appropriations significantly hindered some programs at those agencies.

IG: Contractor tried to influence DOE to receive no-bid contract extension

A contractor working at the Energy Department's Sandia Laboratories sought help from federal officials to receive a no-bid contract extension at the lab worth about $2.4 billion, a Nov. 7 DOE inspector general report says. The report (pdf) says Sandia Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin that runs the lab, campaigned aggressively to convince then Energy Secretary Steven Chu to extend it's contract without any competition.

DOE OIG: Contract management continues to be a challenge at DOE

Contract management at the Energy Department continues to be a significant challenge, says an Oct. 7 DOE inspector general report. The DOE is the most contractor-dependent civilian agency in the federal government. It awards contracts, grants and other financial assistance to industrial companies, small businesses, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Energy manager used employees, equipment for personal tasks, audit finds

An internal investigation found that a manager at an Energy Department office used employees and federal equipment to carry out personal tasks. In a report dated Sept. 30, DOE's inspector general states that it substantiated several claims that a site office manager committed various ethical violations.

GAO: Effect of performance information on feds' decisions stagnates

Performance information's effect on federal managers' decision-making has remained largely unchanged in six years, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Between 2007 and 2013, the government's overall score for using such information went from 3.46 to 3.41, the Sept. 26 report (pdf) says. It's based on the latest performance information index, which GAO uses to monitor implementation of the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 at.

DOI, CIA lauded for Twitter engagement

The Interior Department and CIA are among several federal entities praised for their ability to engage citizens on Twitter in a new guide for good government tweeting published by the social media platform. In the handbook (pdf), Twitter credits the DOI with an account that is responsive to Twitter users.

GAO: Energy Department's share of reactor construction costs skyrocketing

Costs have ballooned for the Energy Department's International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, nearly tripling since the project started in 2006, a June 5 Government Accountability Office report says. DOE estimated cost for the U.S. portion of ITER has grown by almost $3 billion, and its estimated completion date has slipped by 20 years, the report says.