Legislation

Long Title: To require the Secretary of Energy to submit a plan to implement recommendations to improve interactions between the Department of Energy and National Laboratories

Sponsors: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

THOMAS: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1229?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s+1229%22%5D%7D

To require the Secretary of Energy to submit a plan to implement recommendations to improve interactions between the Department of Energy and National Laboratories

S. 1229 facilitates better communication between the Department of Energy and the National Laboratories in order to elevate America’s research and development efforts.

Background

Our national laboratory system is a critically important part of the nation’s research and development efforts. A number of reports over many years have highlighted the challenges that exist with the working relationship between the Department of Energy and the contractor-operated National Laboratories.

Key Provisions

  • Requires DOE to provide a plan for implementing recommendations made by the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories to promote better relations between the Department of Energy and national laboratories.