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Department of Energy

Fully Privatize National Laboratories

Department of Energy national laboratories receive agency appropriations and funds from other federal, state or private entities. The management structure of most laboratories typically includes a for-profit partner. Laboratory management has successfully avoided fully disclosing its expenditures making effective oversight a challenge. By competing ownership of the laboratories (or divesting those in which the government does not own the land or buildings or both), the Department going forward can better compete R&D projects while the laboratories through market forces find their respects niches. Appropriations that formerly went to laboratories would be awarded as grants with negotiated overhead rates to cover a portion of the operations costs.



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Idea No. 13168