Facing likely budget cuts, the Energy Department’s inspector general, Gregory Friedman, has issued a slew of recommendations, including cutting redundant staff, appointing a BRAC-like commission to study the department’s facilities and federalizing the contractors that secure those facilities.
An inspector general report found that while the Energy Department “moved swiftly” to reduce travel spending by its employees following a White House directive, it omitted a sizable chunk of its workforce from those efforts: contractors. The IG recommended the agency take steps to reduce contractors’ foreign travel spending. Because contractors greatly outnumber federal employees at DoE and make up the lion’s share of foreign travel, they should be included in cost-reduction efforts, the IG said.
The Energy Department’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) faced scrutiny in a hearing Thursday that questioned EM’s contract management. DOE has been on the GAO’s High Risk List for contract management since 1990.
The Department of Energy detailed to House lawmakers Wednesday its plans to create a new undersecretary for management and performance and expand its undersecretary of science office.