Audit Report: The Department of Energy's Appliance and Equipment Standards Program [open pdf - 355KB]
"In 2010, the Department established the Office of Enforcement, within the Office of General Counsel, to enforce manufacturers' compliance with minimum standards and certification requirements. The Department can take enforcement actions and assess civil penalties against a manufacturer if a product is not properly certified and/or fails to meet minimum standards. Since 2010, the Office of Enforcement has collected $5.6 million in penalties from manufacturers for noncompliance with minimum standards and certification requirements. Given the significance of the Standards Program on energy savings, we initiated this audit to determine whether the Department was effectively managing its responsibilities related to the minimum standards. […] Opportunities exist for improving the Department's administration of the Standards Program. Specifically, we found that the Department had not always ensured that manufacturers provided required certifications that products met the minimum standards or had complied with the annual re-certification requirement. Additionally, the Department had not documented its oversight of the contractor-prepared Manufacturer Impact Analysis, a key component used to set the minimum standards. Finally, although the Department had met the deadlines established in the consent decree, the Department had fallen behind schedule in meeting legislative deadlines for establishing rulemakings for test procedures and minimum standards."
Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OAS-M-13-05
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