Visualizing Relationships in Department of Energy Contracting

GAO graphics iconAbout 90% of the Department of Energy’s $30 billion budget goes to contracts which help the Department carry out its broad range of programs related to nuclear security, science, energy, nuclear waste cleanup, and more.

Contracting isn’t always as simple as one contractor carrying out all of the activities needed. Multiple companies, universities, and other entities can join together to bid on a contract, becoming a “party to” a contract. Additionally, certain contract activities can be subcontracted. As you can see below, contract ownership can be quite complex, making it difficult to monitor these relationships and mitigate potential conflicts of interest when necessary.

Check out our recent interactive graphic, which lets you examine the relationships between and among the many actors involved with these contracts. To learn more about DOE contracting, visit the full report page.


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