GAO Finds No Clear Benefits To DOE's Nuke Safety Reforms

Law360, New York (May 23, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to reform its safety program for handling nuclear materials haven’t shown any clear benefits, either through reduced costs or increased productivity, according to a government report made public Tuesday.

The DOE initiated the reforms in March 2010 in an effort to enhance productivity and reduce costs while maintaining safety at agency nuclear facilities. The agency reduced the number of safety directives and extensively revised ones it retained, with input from both the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and contractors working...
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