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Statement of Task

The committee will undertake a comprehensive, independent evaluation of DOE’s nuclear energy (NE) program’s goals and plans, and validate the process of establishing program priorities and oversight (including the method for determining the relative distribution of budgetary resources). The evaluation will result in a comprehensive and detailed set of policy and research recommendations and associated priorities (including performance targets and metrics) for an integrated agenda of research activities that can best advance NE’s fundamental mission of securing nuclear energy as a viable, long-term commercial energy option to provide diversity in energy supply. The review will also include the relationship of the research program to the Idaho Facilities Management program. In conducting the evaluation of the R&D program, the committee will:

  1. Review the technical goals and timetables for government and industry R&D efforts in the various technical areas (e.g., Nuclear Power 2010; Generation IV; Hydrogen Initiative; Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative);

  2. Review the R&D directions and progress in various parts of the program and their relevance to meeting the goals of the R&D program;

  3. Review the overall balance and adequacy of the R&D program in light of the objectives and schedules in the major technology areas, and whether efforts in various technical areas are at an appropriate level, should be expanded, reduced, or eliminated;

  4. Identify, if appropriate, new and promising technologies not included in the DOE portfolio that the DOE could meaningfully advance to meet the goals of the program;

  5. Examine and comment, as necessary, on the appropriate federal role in the various technical areas;

  6. Examine and comment on the commercial implications of each major part of the R&D portfolio and what each element needs to contribute to the commercial adoption of the technology;

  7. Examine and comment on NE’s strategy for accomplishing its goals, which would include such issues as:

    • Program management and organization;

    • The process of setting milestones, research directions and making Go/No Go decisions;

    • Collaborative activities with other parts of the government or private sector;

    • The integration of major activities in each program into a plan and associated schedule;

    • Integration and associated schedule and milestones of the various major programs across DOE-NE;

    • Consistency of the budget, schedule and scope for selected major activities;

    • Risk identification and assessment and mitigation activities; and

    • Other topics that the committee finds important to comment on related to the success of the program to meet its technical goals.

  1. Comment on the relationship of the R&D program to the Idaho Facilities Management program.

The committee will write a report documenting its findings and recommendations.



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F statement of Task The committee will undertake a comprehensive, indepen- 5. Examine and comment, as necessary, on the appropri- dent evaluation of DOE’s nuclear energy (NE) program’s ate federal role in the various technical areas; goals and plans, and validate the process of establishing 6. Examine and comment on the commercial implications program priorities and oversight (including the method for of each major part of the R&D portfolio and what each ele- determining the relative distribution of budgetary resources). ment needs to contribute to the commercial adoption of the The evaluation will result in a comprehensive and detailed technology; set of policy and research recommendations and associated 7. Examine and comment on NE’s strategy for accom- priorities (including performance targets and metrics) for an plishing its goals, which would include such issues as: integrated agenda of research activities that can best advance —Program management and organization; NE’s fundamental mission of securing nuclear energy as —The process of setting milestones, research directions a viable, long-term commercial energy option to provide and making Go/No Go decisions; diversity in energy supply. The review will also include the —Collaborative activities with other parts of the govern- relationship of the research program to the Idaho Facilities ment or private sector; Management program. In conducting the evaluation of the —The integration of major activities in each program into R&D program, the committee will: a plan and associated schedule; —Integration and associated schedule and milestones of 1. Review the technical goals and timetables for govern- the various major programs across DOE-NE; ment and industry R&D efforts in the various technical areas —Consistency of the budget, schedule and scope for (e.g., Nuclear Power 2010; Generation IV; Hydrogen Initia- selected major activities; tive; Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative); —Risk identification and assessment and mitigation 2. Review the R&D directions and progress in various activities; and parts of the program and their relevance to meeting the goals —Other topics that the committee finds important to com- of the R&D program; ment on related to the success of the program to meet 3. Review the overall balance and adequacy of the R&D its technical goals. program in light of the objectives and schedules in the major 8. Comment on the relationship of the R&D program to technology areas, and whether efforts in various technical ar- the Idaho Facilities Management program. eas are at an appropriate level, should be expanded, reduced, or eliminated; The committee will write a report documenting its findings 4. Identify, if appropriate, new and promising technolo- and recommendations. gies not included in the DOE portfolio that the DOE could meaningfully advance to meet the goals of the program; 

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