Policy and program planning in the Department of Energy

by Thomas K. Glennan, Jr., David Seidman

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Examines the Department of Energy's (DOE) Policy and Program Planning System (PPPS) in DOE's first year, describes changes in the second year, analyzes PPPS's failure to operate as intended, and suggests guidelines for a new planning system. Intended to help establish DOE policies, assure that programs follow these policies, and integrate other planning efforts, PPPS failed to operate as intended because of a difficult operating environment, lack of attention from key DOE actors, excessive complexity, and insufficient resources. The process should concentrate on a few key issues, generate alternatives, provide disinterested evaluation of program proposals, develop guidance for the programs, and encourage expression of the diverse points of view existing in DOE. The report proposes a simplified process stressing an analytic agenda to guide policy analysis and research.

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