Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014by Representative Lamar Smith
Posted on 2014-07-22
SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, H.R. 5120, the Department of Energy
Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, enables
the Department of Energy (DOE) to more efficiently form partnerships
with non-federal entities and transfer research to the private sector.
I thank the gentleman from Illinois, Rep. Randy Hultgren, for his leadership on this issue. I also thank the Science Committee's Energy Subcommittee Chair, Cynthia Lummis, for her support for this bill.
The DOE's national laboratory complex, often called ``the crown jewels'' of our federal research and development infrastructure, comprises 17 labs across the United States.
These labs execute basic and applied research that keeps us on the cutting edge of global technological capabilities. This innovative early stage research is often not well understood by the private sector.
Ideas and products created in the national labs are often slow to reach the market due to a communication gap between the labs and the private sector. Additionally, federal government red tape can discourage the private sector from utilizing these unique state-of-the- art facilities.
This legislation modernizes the labs for today's market by granting operators increased flexibility. This bill: extends a pilot program to enable more flexible contract terms between lab operators and non-federal entities; grants lab directors signature authority for agreements with non- federal entities valued at less than $1 million; and enables labs to demonstrate research for private sector adoption.
This legislation represents bipartisan, bicameral agreement to optimize the performance of the DOE national lab system. I encourage my colleagues to support this bill.
The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Jolly). The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Hultgren) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 5120, as amended.
The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and the bill, as amended, was passed.
A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.