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Neutron-detection apparatus

Description: An atomic fission counting apparatus used for neutron detection is provided with spirally curved electrode plates uniformly spaced apart in a circular array and coated with fissile material.
Date: April 24, 1981
Creator: Kopp, M.K. & Valentine, K.H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Method for producing nuclear fuel

Description: Nuclear fuel is made by contacting an aqueous solution containing an actinide salt with an aqueous solution containing ammonium hydroxide, ammonium oxalate, or oxalic acid in an amount that will react with a fraction of the actinide salt to form a precipitate consisting of the hydroxide or oxalate of the actinide. A slurry consisting of the precipitate and solution containing the unreacted actinide salt is formed into drops which are gelled, calcined, and pressed to form pellets.
Date: April 24, 1981
Creator: Haas, P.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Separator assembly for use in spent-nuclear-fuel shipping cask. [Patent application]

Description: A separator assembly for use in a spent-nuclear-fuel shipping cask has a honeycomb-type wall structure defining parallel cavities for holding nuclear fuel assemblies. Tubes formed of an effective neutron-absorbing material are embedded in the wall structure around each of the cavities and provide neutron flux traps when filled with water.
Date: April 24, 1981
Creator: Bucholz, J.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Wear and corrosion performance of metallurgical coatings in sodium

Description: The friction, wear, and corrosion performance of several metallurgical coatings in 200 to 650/sup 0/C sodium are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on those coatings which have successfully passed the qualification tests necessary for acceptance in breeder reactor environments. Tests include friction, wear, corrosion, thermal cycling, self-welding, and irradiation exposure under as-prototypic-as-possible service conditions. Materials tested were coatings of various refractory metal carbides in metall… more
Date: April 24, 1980
Creator: Johnson, R. N. & Farwick, D. G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Stress-Relief Displacements Induced by Drilling--Applications to Holographic Measurements of in Situ Stress

Description: The holographic stressmeter is an instrument which has been developed at Caltech to allow determination of the complete stress tensor from in situ borehole measurements. The stressmeter uses double-exposure holographic interferometry to record the displacements induced by the drilling of a small sidehole into the borehole wall. The local stresses, which are the result of the far-field stresses, concentrated at the borehole, cause deformation of the surface of the borehole wall in the vicinity o… more
Date: April 24, 1992
Creator: Ahrens, T. J. & Smither, C. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Tandem mirror fusion-fission hybrid studies

Description: Initial tandem mirror hybrid studies predict the ability to produce large amounts of fissile fuel (2 to 7 tons U233 per year from a 4000 MW plant) at a cost that adds less than 25% to the cost of power from a LWR.
Date: April 24, 1980
Creator: Lee, J. D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Nigeria: Current Issues and U.S. Policy

Description: This report covers the recent economical and political development in Nigeria; elections, development challenges, reform initiatives, social issues, security concerns, and international relations in Nigeria. The report ends with some concerns for Congress, including U.S.-Nigerian trade issues, Nigerian counter-terrorism efforts, and U.S. assistance to Nigeria.
Date: April 24, 2013
Creator: Ploch, Lauren
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Farm Bill: Issues to Consider for Reauthorization

Description: Other written product issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) seek to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the federal government. As Congress debates ways to address the federal government’s long-term fiscal imbalance, it becomes even more critical that we help with this challenge by identifying opportunities for cost… more
Date: April 24, 2012
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Urgent Warfighter Needs: Opportunities Exist to Expedite Development and Fielding of Joint Capabilities

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "A majority of the initiatives GAO reviewed (26 of 30) met, or expected to meet, the Department of Defense’s (DOD) expectation for fielding a capability in response to joint urgent operational needs within 2 years. However, performance in meeting schedule estimates varied, and more than half of the initiatives experienced schedule delays."
Date: April 24, 2012
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Title Insurance: Preliminary Views and Issues for Further Study

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Title insurance is a required element of almost all real estate purchases and is not an insignificant cost for consumers. However, consumers generally do not have the knowledge needed to "shop around" for title insurance and usually rely on professionals involved in real estate--such as lenders, real estate agents, and attorneys--for advice in selecting a title insurer. Recent state and federal investig… more
Date: April 24, 2006
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Managing for Results: Human Capital Management Discussions in Fiscal Year 2001 Performance Plans

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Government Performance and Results Act calls for agencies to address human capital in the context of performance-based management. The act requires that annual performance plans describe how agencies will use their human capital to accomplish their goals and objectives. Designing, implementing, and maintaining a strategic human capital management focus are critical to maximizing performance and ensuring t… more
Date: April 24, 2001
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Balkans Security: Current and Projected Factors Affecting Regional Stability

Description: A briefing report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Balkans security issues, focusing on: (1) the current security situation in the Balkans, particularly in Kosovo and Bosnia; (2) the projected security in the region over the next 5 years; (3) factors in the decision to withdraw Yugoslav security forces from Kosovo; and (4) how the executive branch has defined U.S. interests in the region in the… more
Date: April 24, 2000
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Defense Infrastructure: Continued Management Attention Is Needed to Support Installation Facilities and Operations

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Defense (DOD) manages and operates about 577,000 structures worldwide, valued at about $712 billion. DOD has worked for several years to develop models that can reliably estimate the installation support funds needed to sustain these facilities, and plans to spend over $55 billion to support these facilities and operate its bases in fiscal year 2008. Because GAO has identified support … more
Date: April 24, 2008
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Spectrum Management: Preliminary Findings on Federal Relocation Costs and Auction Revenues

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Actual costs to relocate federal users from the 1710-1755 megahertz (MHz) band have exceeded the original $1 billion estimate by about $474 million as of March 2013, although auction revenues appear to exceed relocation costs by over $5 billion. Actual relocation costs exceed estimated costs for various reasons, including unforeseen challenges and some agencies not following the National Telecommunications an… more
Date: April 24, 2013
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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NASA: Challenges in Completing and Sustaining the International Space Station

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The International Space Station (ISS), the most complex scientific space project ever attempted, remains incomplete. NASA expects the station's final construction cost will be $31 billion and expects sustainment costs through the station's planned retirement in fiscal year 2016 to total $11 billion. The space shuttle, the only vehicle capable of transporting large segments of the station into orbit, is critic… more
Date: April 24, 2008
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Cybersecurity: Threats Impacting the Nation

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The nation faces an evolving array of cyber-based threats arising from a variety of sources. These threats can be intentional or unintentional. Unintentional threats can be caused by software upgrades or defective equipment that inadvertently disrupt systems, and intentional threats can be both targeted and untargeted attacks from a variety of threat sources. Sources of threats include criminal groups, hacker… more
Date: April 24, 2012
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Medicare: Important Steps Have Been Taken, but More Could Be Done to Deter Fraud

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—the agency that administers Medicare—has made progress in implementing several key strategies GAO identified in prior work as helpful in protecting Medicare from fraud; however, some actions that could help combat fraud remain incomplete."
Date: April 24, 2012
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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401(k) Plans: Increased Educational Outreach and Broader Oversight May Help Reduce Plan Fees

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Plan sponsors and participants paid a range of fees for services, though smaller plans typically paid higher fees as a percentage of plan assets. For example, the average amount sponsors of small plans reported paying for recordkeeping and administrative services was 1.33 percent of assets annually, compared with 0.15 percent paid by sponsors of large plans. Larger plans were more likely to pass recordk… more
Date: April 24, 2012
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Space Acquisitions: DOD Is Overcoming Long-Standing Problems, but Faces Challenges to Ensuring Its Investments Are Optimized

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Most of the Department of Defense's (DOD) major satellite programs are in mature phases of development, that is, the initial satellites have been designed, fabricated, and launched into orbit while additional satellites of the same design are being produced. For the portfolio of major satellite programs, new cost and schedule growth is not as widespread as it was in prior years, but DOD is still experiencing … more
Date: April 24, 2013
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Strategic Petroleum Reserve: Improving the Cost-Effectiveness of Filling the Reserve

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) was created in 1975 to help protect the U.S. economy from oil supply disruptions and currently holds about 700 million barrels of crude oil. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 directed the Department of Energy (DOE) to increase the SPR storage capacity from 727 million barrels to 1 billion barrels, which it plans to accomplish by 2018. Since 1999, oil for the SPR has generally… more
Date: April 24, 2008
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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