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National Academies Press — Most Downloaded Reports in 2014

January 13, 2015 Comments off

New From the GAO

December 17, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Hanford Cleanup: Condition of Tanks May Further Limit DOE’s Ability to Respond to Leaks and Intrusions. GAO-15-40, November 25.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-40
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667191.pdf

2. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: NRC Needs to Improve Its Cost Estimates by Incorporating More Best Practices. GAO-15-98, December 12.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-98
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667500.pdf

3. Defense Infrastructure: Risk Assessment Needed to Identify If Foreign Encroachment Threatens Test and Training Ranges. GAO-15-149, December 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-149
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667551.pdf

4. Higher Education: State Funding Trends and Policies on Affordability. GAO-15-151, December 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-151
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667558.pdf
Podcast – http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/667387

5. Tax Filing Season: 2014 Performance Highlights the Need to Better Manage Taxpayer Service and Future Risks. GAO-15-163, December 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-163
Highlights –  http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667562.pdf

CRS — Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer (October 16, 2014)

December 1, 2014 Comments off

Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

In order for the United States to engage in civilian nuclear cooperation with other states, it must conclude a framework agreement that meets specific requirements under Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act (AEA). The AEA also provides for export control licensing procedures and criteria for terminating cooperation. Congressional review is required for Section 123 agreements; the AEA establishes special parliamentary procedures by which Congress may act on a proposed agreement.

New From the GAO

November 14, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. 2013 Government Shutdown: Three Departments Reported Varying Degrees of Impacts on Operations, Grants, and Contracts. GAO-15-86, October 15.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-86
Highlights- http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666525.pdf

2. Department of Energy: Interagency Review Needed to Update U.S. Position on Enriched Uranium That Can Be Used for Tritium Production. GAO-15-123, October 14.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-123
Highlights- http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666504.pdf

3. Nuclear Commerce: Additional Actions Needed to Improve DOE’s Export Control Process. GAO-15-124, October 14.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-124
Highlights- http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666493.pdf

New From the GAO

November 12, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Spent Nuclear Fuel Management: Outreach Needed to Help Gain Public Acceptance for Federal Activities That Address Liability. GAO-15-141, October 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-141
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666455.pdf

2. Federal Real Property: Strategic Focus Needed to Help Manage Vast and Diverse Warehouse Portfolio. GAO-15-41, November 12.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-41
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666857.pdf

3. Financial Audit: IRS’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements. GAO-15-173, November 12.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-173
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666862.pdf

4. Defense Contract Audit Agency: Additional Guidance Needed Regarding DCAA’s Use of Companies’ Internal Audit Reports. GAO-15-44, November 12.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-44
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666866.pdf

CRS — Nuclear Energy Policy (October 15, 2014)

November 6, 2014 Comments off

Nuclear Energy Policy (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

Nuclear energy issues facing Congress include reactor safety and regulation, radioactive waste management, research and development priorities, federal incentives for new commercial reactors, nuclear weapons proliferation, and security against terrorist attacks.

CRS — Nuclear Energy Policy (October 15, 2014)

October 20, 2014 Comments off

Nuclear Energy Policy (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

Nuclear energy issues facing Congress include reactor safety and regulation, radioactive waste management, research and development priorities, federal incentives for new commercial reactors, nuclear weapons proliferation, and security against terrorist attacks.

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