Recipient’s Facebook Project Page Helping to Inform and Update the Public

clock February 13, 2012 16:32 by author Bulletin Board
Mention Facebook, Twitter, or other social media websites and most people will assume these are online ways of staying in touch with friends and family or getting updates on the latest celebrity gossip. But many EERE Recipients use Facebook as a communications tool to improve transparency by enhancing public awareness of projects in real time. One particular Recipient is using a Facebook account to give a general overview of the project and to provide updates on progress towards meeting project goals. [More]

Getting a Head Start on NEPA

clock January 23, 2012 15:44 by author Bulletin Board
Best Practice: The Department of Energy can expedite National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review when the entity applying for federal funding provides accurate environmental information early in the funding process, and plans its project(s) carefully. Early and accurate environmental information not only helps DOE in determining and efficiently preparing the appropriate level of NEPA review, but also helps with technology selection and most appropriate project location. [More]

Recipient Risk Management Tool Helps DOE Track Project Potential Problem Areas

clock December 23, 2011 13:14 by author Bulletin Board
A cornerstone of effective project management is the identification, assessment, mitigation planning and tracking of project risk. With the aim of continually improving project management and oversight, EERE mines best practices and lessons learned to incorporate it into its knowledge base and enhance practices and procedures. Mindful of managing the risk associated with the activities it funds, EERE examines risk at the programmatic and project-level. [More]

Keeping EERE and the Community in the Loop

clock September 30, 2011 16:37 by author Bulletin Board
Successful projects rely on clear, proactive communication to ensure that everyone involved understands how the project is progressing. This ensures that stakeholders understand risks and benefits and have the information they need to make decisions. For one university engaged in a Recovery Act-funded wind power project, this includes active communication within the project team as well as communication with the public through education and outreach. [More]

Shedding Light on Project Management at an Advanced Lighting Manufacturer

clock September 25, 2011 10:32 by author Bulletin Board
The Recovery Act seeks to invest in the US economy and build jobs for US workers. Progressing from investment to return requires projects that employ good project management methods and good communication among stakeholders. For one Recipient of a financial assistance award from the Office of EERE, a manufacturer of advanced lighting technology, good project management means linkages between the project’s scope, schedule, and budget. [More]

An Ounce of Prevention: How One EERE Recipient Guards Against Overruns

clock September 18, 2011 10:59 by author Bulletin Board
Poorly coordinated design and construction can result in engineering projects that quickly get off schedule and run up unexpected costs. In some cases, these delays and added costs result from rework, as phases designed later in the project require changes to earlier phases that have already begun construction. For one Office of EERE financial assistance Recipient, a private electric company working to add generating capacity to a hydroelectric dam, extra upfront planning is expected to prevent later overruns. [More]

New Independent Project Review Process Shows Success in Pilot Phase

clock April 22, 2011 09:02 by author Bulletin Board
“Trust, but verify,” goes an old adage. EERE is applying this advice through the implementation of an external review process to evaluate how well we are carrying out the important role of monitoring the performance of Recovery Act-funded projects. This new Independent Project Review (IPR) process is designed to bring in outside firms to independently analyze and assess the status of EERE’s project monitoring activities. The significance of this process was underscored in the recent testimony of DOE CFO Steve Isakowitz before the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in hearings on DOE’s Recovery Act spending. He pointed to the fact DOE oversight activities are becoming government-wide “best practices.” [More]