Department of Energy: Continued Actions Needed to Modernize Nuclear Infrastructure and Address Management Challenges, Statement of David C. Trimble, Director Natural Resources and Environment, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Energy, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives [open pdf - 583KB]
"The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) faces challenges related to the affordability of its nuclear modernization programs. In April 2017, GAO [Government Accountability Office] found a misalignment between NNSA's modernization plans and the estimated budgetary resources needed to carry out those plans. Specifically, GAO found that NNSA's estimates of funding needed for its modernization plans sometimes exceeded the budgetary projections included in the President's planned near-term and long-term modernization budgets by billions of dollars. GAO also found that the costs of some major modernization programs--such as for nuclear weapon refurbishments--may also increase and further strain future modernization budgets. GAO recommended in April 2017 that NNSA include an assessment of the affordability of its modernization programs in future versions of its annual plan on stockpile stewardship; NNSA neither agreed nor disagreed with that recommendation."
|Publisher:||United States. Government Accountability Office|
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