Nuclear Nonproliferation: Better Information Needed on Results of National Nuclear Security Administration's Research and Technology Development Projects, Report to the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives [open pdf - 4MB]
"Nuclear proliferation is a national security threat. DNN's [Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation] two research and technology development programs develop technical solutions to prevent nuclear proliferation. From fiscal years 2012 through 2015, these programs obligated over $1.1 billion on 511 projects. The DNN R&D [Research and Development] program obligated over $1 billion of this amount. A House report included a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review the programs. This report evaluates, among other objectives, (1) the extent to which projects managed by NNSA's [National Nuclear Security Administration] research and technology development programs resulted in advanced, transitioned, or deployed nonproliferation technologies and (2) how NNSA measures the performance of its research and technology development programs and projects. GAO reviewed documents on a nongeneralizable sample of 91 research and technology development projects, selected from all program areas to include projects with the largest amount of funding and to capture a broad range of the programs' technical functions. GAO also reviewed DNN's program objectives and publicly reported performance measures and interviewed NNSA officials and technology users at other agencies. GAO recommends that NNSA consistently track and document results of DNN R&D projects and document assessments of final project results against baseline performance targets. NNSA neither agreed nor disagreed with the first recommendation and partially agreed with the second, but agreed to take actions in response to both recommendations."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/