Accession Number : ADA330535

Title :   Department of Energy: Clearer Missions and Better Management Are Needed at the National Laboratories.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA330535

Report Date : OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : DOE manages the federal government's largest research and development system, consisting of about 30 laboratories, with about 58,000 employees and operating budgets of about $7.5 billion annually. Nine of these are multiprogram national laboratories that account for about 70 percent of DOE's laboratory budget. DOE estimates that it has invested more than $100 billion in all of its laboratories over the past 20 years. Most of DOE's multiprogram national laboratories were established during or just after World War II as part of the Manhattan Project, which developed the world's first atomic bombs. These national laboratories have since expanded their missions to encompass civilian research and development in many disciplines-from high-energy physics to advanced computing to human genetics. DOE owns the laboratories but contracts with universities and private-sector organizations for their management and operation. Nearly all of DOE's national laboratories are operated by nonprofit institutions.

Descriptors :   *LABORATORIES, *RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, ENERGY, CONTRACTORS, RESEARCH FACILITIES, MISSIONS, MILITARY RESEARCH, BUDGETS, INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH.

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE