"The Department of Energy spent approximately $1 billion over the last 5 years on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program activities implemented through various projects at Federal laboratories, universities, non-profit institutions, Government agencies and industry participants. The Department also provided an additional $42 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of fuel cells. As of April 2013, there were nearly 300 ongoing projects funded at the national laboratories and managed through financial assistance awards such as grants and cooperative agreements. The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) coordinates the Department's efforts across four Program Offices -- EERE, Science, Nuclear Energy and Fossil Energy -- to promote the widespread use of hydrogen and fuel cells, the stated purpose being to help build a competitive, secure and sustainable clean energy economy. The Office of Inspector General has consistently viewed financial assistance award management as one of the Department's key management challenges. Based on this focus and due to its significant investment in the Program, we initiated this audit to evaluate the Department's management of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program."
Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OAS-RA-13-31
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