IG: Erroneous $15 Million Contractor Bonus Missing

May 1, 2012

Almost a decade after demanding that a contractor return a $15 million bonus, Energy Department officials still don't know if that money was ever recouped.

In an audit released this week, the department's inspector general said the contractor, Bechtel National Inc., never reimbursed a "performance fee" that DOE awarded it in 2003 and then later revoked.

The fee was for Bechtel's production of a processing vessel to be used at a radioactive waste treatment plant in the cleanup of Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a former plutonium production site in Washington state. 

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