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Special Report: IG-0782

December 13, 2007 

Management Challenges at the Department of Energy

Annually, the Office of Inspector General identifies what it considers to be the most significant management challenges facing the Department of Energy. Now required by the Reports Consolidation Act of'2000, this effort also takes into account emerging issues facing the Department. Our conclusions are based on an examination of the results of current Office of Inspector General audits, inspections, and investigations as well as an assessment of the Department's progress in addressing previously identified challenges. Through this process, the Office of Inspector General highlights activities that demonstrate systematic or recurring performancc problems and those which are inherently difficult to manage. Consistent with our mission, the overall goal is to focus attention on significant issues with the objective of enhancing the effectiveness of the Department's many programs and operations.