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Audit Report: WR-B-00-02

December 10, 1999

Property and Facilities at Grand Junction

At the end of the Cold War, the Department of Energy (DOE) reevaluated and restructured its Nuclear Weapons Complex. These activities ultimately resulted in downsizing a number of sites within the Complex. Although not a nuclear weapons site, Grand Junction became a candidate for downsizing because its missions--environmental restoration and waste management activities--were nearing completion. Its continuing missions, which include the long-term surveillance and monitoring of remediated sites, will not require that Grand Junction use all its property and facilities. Because Albuquerque Operations Office (AL) officials have a continuing responsibility over the site, this audit was conducted to determine whether these officials were making premature decisions regarding the reuse of property and facilities at the Grand Junction site.