Validating Energy Savings From Projects Funded by Energy Conservation Investment Program

Gao ID: 121514 February 4, 1983

GAO reviewed an August 31, 1982, Department of Defense (DOD) memorandum discussing the implementation of the Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP).

GAO found that the ECIP project validation procedures set forth in the memorandum refine previous DOD validation efforts by providing more explicit direction on what is to be done by the services to conform to the requirements of the validation program. Given the limited success of previous DOD validation efforts in providing needed information on the results of ECIP projects, GAO believes that a reassessment of the overall approach to program validation could lead to a more effective program which meets both DOD and congressional needs. GAO also believes that the projects funded by ECIP are too diverse to be validated by only one type of procedure. GAO suggested that DOD explore the use of alternative validation procedures and provide appropriate guidance to the services in its revised program validation memorandum.

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