Performance of Participants in DOE's Inertial Confinement Fusion Program

Gao ID: T-RCED-90-58 April 5, 1990

GAO discussed six contractors' performance under the Department of Energy's (DOE) Inertial Confinement Fusion Program (ICF). GAO found that although one contractor successfully performed some support tasks: (1) it performed unacceptably on some target fabrication and delivery tasks; (2) its role under the current contract was to support the efforts of other contractors by supplying components for use in ICF experiments; (3) one contractor had to subcontract for some needed support services; and (4) complaints about the quality of some of its cryogenic target work persisted. GAO also found that: (1) the lead laboratory for the ICF glass laser program accomplished many of its objectives, but had to defer some important experiments because it did not receive sufficient funding; and (2) other laboratories cited funding problems, lack of access to other laser facilities, and complex experiments as reasons for program schedule delays.

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