DOE National Lab Bill passed


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HR1432, the Department of Energy Laboratory Technology Act, was approved by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on April 20. The bill redefines the role the laboratories play in meeting the needs of the nation during the next century.

The bill establishes well-defined missions for the national labs including dealing with national defense, energy security, environmental quality, and science. It also establishes the appropriate role of technology transfer, streamlines the process of technology transfer from the labs to the private sector, establishes a mechanism to evaluate laboratory performance, requires a plan for future use of DOE laboratories, and coordinates activities across the DOE lab system.