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Audit Report: OAS-RA-11-08

April 22, 2011

Management Alert on Planned Actions Related to the National Energy Technology Laboratory's Simulation-Based Engineering User Center

The Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) initiated plans to utilize $20 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds to develop the Simulation-Based Engineering User Center (User Center) – part of the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative program. According to project documentation, $3 million of the total cost will be dedicated to acquiring and installing a Performance Optimized Data Center (POD) at NETL's Morgantown, West Virginia, site. And, the remaining funds will be spent equipping and supporting the POD with a high performance computing system. In March 2011, NETL was given final approval for the project from the Department's Chief Information Officer.

Topic: Management & Administration