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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameCommission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy LaboratoriesAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2016Committee Number2495
Original Establishment Date5/28/2014Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date10/28/2015Committee URLhttp://energy.gov/labcommission/commission-revi...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*9
Current Charter Date5/28/2014Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter5/28/2016Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date2/28/2016Designated Federal Officer First Name*Karen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityPublic Law No. 113-76.Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Gibson
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, P.L. No. 113-76Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-586-3787
Effective Date Of Authority*1/17/2014Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-586-0148
Committee Type*Ad hocDesignated Federal Officer Email*karen.gibson@hq.doe.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law No. 113-76 established the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories. The Commission will review whether the DOE national laboratories are properly aligned with the Department’s strategic priorities, have clear and balanced missions, have unique capabilities to meet current energy and national security challenges, are appropriately sized to meet the Department’s energy and national security missions, and are appropriately supporting other Federal agencies. The Commission will also look for opportunities to more effectively and efficiently use the capabilities of the national laboratories and analyze the effectiveness of the use of laboratory directed research and development (LDRD) to meet the Department's science, energy and national security goals. In Phase 1, the objective of the Commission is to address whether the Department of Energy’s (DOE) national laboratories are properly aligned with the Department’s strategic priorities; have clear, well understood, and properly balanced missions that are not unnecessarily redundant and duplicative; have unique capabilities that have sufficiently evolved to meet current and future energy and national security challenges; are appropriately sized to meet the Department’s energy and national security missions; and are appropriately supporting other Federal agencies and the extent to which it benefits DOE missions. For Phase 2, the Commission shall also determine whether there are opportunities to more effectively and efficiently use the capabilities of the national laboratories, including consolidation and realignment, reducing overhead costs, reevaluating governance models using industrial and academic bench marks for comparison, and assessing the impact of DOE’s oversight and management approach. In its evaluation, the Commission should also consider the cost and effectiveness of using other research, development, and technology centers and universities as an alternative to meeting DOE’s energy and national security goals. The Commission shall analyze the effectiveness of the use of laboratory directed research and development (LDRD) to meet the Department of Energy’s science, energy, and national security goals. The Commission shall further evaluate the effectiveness of the Department’s oversight approach to ensure LDRD-funded projects are compliant with statutory requirements and congressional direction, including requirements that LDRD projects be distinct from projects directly funded by appropriations and that LDRD projects derived from the Department’s national security programs support the national security mission of the Department of Energy. Finally, the Commission shall quantify the extent to which LDRD funding supports recruiting and retention of qualified staff.The Commission will submit a report containing the Commission’s findings and conclusions to the Secretary of Energy, the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives, and the Senate.
How is membership balanced?*The Commission shall be composed of approximately nine members, appointed by the Secretary of Energy to serve as special Government employees. The members shall be eminent in a field of science or engineering; and/or have expertise in managing scientific facilities; and/or have expertise in cost and/or program analysis; and have an established record of distinguished service. The membership of the Commission shall be representatives of the broad range of scientific, engineering, financial, and managerial disciplines related to activities under this title.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Total Meetings - 10
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Commission will examine if the priorities of the labs are in line with the broader strategic priorities of the Energy Department
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksConsolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, P.L. No. 113-76.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentActions that the Department is taking can be found in the Departmental response. http://energy.gov/labcommission/downloads/departmental-response-final-report-commission-review-effectiveness-national
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Commission convened its final meeting in a public teleconference on October 23, 2015. At this meeting, the Commission outlined comments received on its final report during the written public comment period, heard additional comments from the public, and voted unanimously to approve the report. The Final Report (Volumes 1 and 2) is available for download at http://energy.gov/labcommission/downloads/final-report-commission-review-effectiveness-national-energy-laboratories.The Commission was established in May 2014 and held monthly meetings from July 2014 to July 2015.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentCost savings could be projected after the report is issued.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*36Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Commission found that the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories are national assets that have contributed profoundly to the Nation’s security, scientific leadership, and economic competitiveness. In recognition of the continuing and evolving threats to our security and the dramatic increase in global economic and scientific competition, the laboratories are and will continue to be vitally important. Yet, the contributions of the National Laboratories are not inevitable, nor have they realized their full potential. This final report of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories recommends ways the laboratories could overcome challenges to more efficiently and effectively accomplish the work for which they are uniquely suited. The Commission’s unanimous findings andrecommendations are grouped around six themes:• Recognizing value• Rebuilding trust• Maintaining alignment and quality• Maximizing impact• Managing effectiveness and efficiency• Ensuring lasting changeAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*70.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Department continues to work towards implementation of the recommendations it committed to in its response to the Commission.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*25.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentImplementation of some recommendations is on-going.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe Commission's interim report, final report and DOE's response are accessible on the Lab Commission website: http://energy.gov/labcommission/downloads/departmental-response-final-report-commission-review-effectiveness-national
Agency Feedback CommentDepartmental response to the final report can be found at http://energy.gov/labcommission/downloads/departmental-response-final-report-commission-review-effectiveness-nationalNarrative Description*Section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law No. 113-76 established the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories. The Commission was charged with reviewing whether the DOE national laboratories are properly aligned with the Department’s strategic priorities, have clear and balanced missions, have unique capabilities to meet current energy and national security challenges, are appropriately sized to meet the Department’s energy and national security missions, and are appropriately supporting other Federal agencies. The Commission was also asked to look for opportunities to more effectively and efficiently use the capabilities of the national laboratories and analyze the effectiveness of the use of laboratory directed research and development (LDRD) to meet the Department's science, energy and national security goals.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$9,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$7,189.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$200.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$16,389.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.02Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-003602Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories2015
 COM-004948Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories2014