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Title: Interim Report of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

The Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories was charged by Congress in January 2014 to evaluate the mission, capabilities, size, performance, governance, and agency oversight of the 17 Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Given the incredibly broad scope and aggressive timeline (the original deadline was February 2015), the Secretary of Energy and Congress agreed to split the task into two phases. This interim report contains the preliminary observations and recommendations gleaned from Phase 1 of the study, which consisted of a literature review; visits to five of the National Laboratories; semi-structured interviews with staff from across the National Laboratories, DOE, other Federal agencies, companies, other non-governmental organizations, and additional interested parties; and presentations at monthly public Commission meetings. The Commission notes that the purpose of the National Laboratories is to provide critical capabilities and facilities in service of DOE’s mission and the needs of the broader national and international science and technology (S&T) community, including other Federal agencies, academia, and private industry. The National Laboratories are successfully fulfilling that mission today. While the Commission believes significant improvements can be made to many aspects of DOE management and governance of the laboratories, those issues do not detractmore » from the National Laboratories’ remarkable contributions to the American public. In Phase 2 the Commission will focus on ways to make the process of carrying out their missions more efficient and effective.« less
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  1. Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
  2. TJG Energy Associates, LLC., Bloomberg, VA (United States)
  3. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Washington, DC (United States)
  4. Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA (United States)
  5. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States)
  6. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States)
  7. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
  8. Covington and Burling LLP, Washington, DC (United States)
  9. Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
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Technical Report
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Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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United States