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Alternatives to Radioactive Materials: A National Strategy to Support Alternative Technologies May Reduce Risks of a Dirty Bomb

GAO-22-104113
Oct 21, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Congress If Congress agrees that replacing technologies that use high-risk radioactive materials with alternative technologies is a priority to achieve permanent risk reduction, then it should consider establishing this goal in statute, and then take the steps necessary to establish—including directing an appropriate interagency entity to develop—a national strategy to achieve this goal. The strategy should include all the desirable characteristics of national strategies that we have previously identified, including specific goals and performance measures, clear roles, and proposals to provide relevant authorities to execute these roles, as necessary. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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Congress If Congress believes that actions included in a national strategy for replacing technologies that use high-risk radioactive materials with alternative technologies should be implemented, then Congress should consider directing the relevant agencies to implement the strategy in accordance with the goals and timelines identified in the strategy. To facilitate agencies' implementation, Congress should provide authority to agencies to implement any aspects of the strategy not currently within their authorities. (Matter for Consideration 2)
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Congress If Congress agrees that replacing technologies that use high-risk radioactive materials with alternative technologies is a priority to achieve permanent risk reduction, then it should consider directing and authorizing, as necessary, NRC to incorporate the consideration of alternative technologies into its licensing process. Options could include: (1) direct NRC to implement a justification process, or (2) direct NRC to require applicants for new radioactive materials to consult with other agencies (such as NNSA or FDA) about alternatives before NRC will consider an application. (Matter for Consideration 3)
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High-Performance Computing: Advances Made Towards Implementing the National Strategy, but Better Reporting and a More Detailed Plan Are Needed

GAO-21-104500
Sep 30, 2021
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Office of Science and Technology Policy The Director of OSTP should address each of the desirable characteristics of a national strategy, as practicable, in the implementation roadmap for the 2020 strategic plan or through other means. (Recommendation 1)
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Office of Science and Technology Policy The Director of OSTP, in consultation with the 10 NSCI agencies, should prepare publically available annual reports assessing progress made in implementing the 2020 strategic plan on the future advanced computing ecosystem. (Recommendation 2)
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Small Business Innovation Research: Agencies Need to Fully Implement Requirements for Managing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

GAO-21-413
Jun 30, 2021
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure the SBIR program collects the required certifications from new SBIR awardees, beginning in future funding opportunity announcements, without material differences from the language in the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive. (Recommendation 1)
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The Administrator of NOAA should ensure that the SBIR program collects the required certifications from new SBIR awardees, beginning in future funding opportunity announcements, without material differences from the language in the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the SBIR/STTR program has, and communicates, a policy for reporting suspected, fraud, waste, or abuse to the Army Office of Inspector General or other designated authorities. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the SBIR/STTR program provides information on its program website on how to report suspected fraud, waste, and abuse to the Army Office of Inspector General or other designated authorities. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the SBIR/STTR program collects the required certifications from new SBIR and STTR awardees, beginning in future funding opportunity announcements, without material differences from the language in the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the SBIR/STTR program tracks referrals to the Office of Inspector General or Naval Criminal Investigative Service. (Recommendation 6)
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Biodefense: DHS Exploring New Methods to Replace BioWatch and Could Benefit from Additional Guidance

GAO-21-292
May 20, 2021
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure the BD21 program office clarifies in its acquisition documentation before the ADE 2A decision point the intention of the situational awareness and common operating picture capability identified as a gap, including the specific functionality, sources of information, and distinction from existing common operating picture functions at DHS. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure DHS fully incorporate the best practices outlined in GAO's TRA best practice guide in DHS's TRA/MRA guide to ensure that its acquisition projects have the best practices for conducting high-quality TRAs. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure the BD21 program conducts high-quality TRAs of all critical technologies for BD21 before the ADE 2A decision and before the ADE 2B decision (including a TRA of the overall system level interaction with the anomaly detection algorithm), in accordance with GAO's TRA best practice guide. (Recommendation 3)
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