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DOE Issues Formal Response to CRENEL Report

February 25, 2016

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a formal response to the final report of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (CRENEL). The commission’s report, Securing America’s Future: Realizing the Potential of the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories found that the DOE Labs need to focus on six key themes: recognizing their value; rebuilding trust; maintaining alignment and quality; maximizing impact; managing effectiveness and efficiency; and, ensuring lasting change. In response to the recommendations offered in the CRENEL report, the DOE’s formal response indicates that the department is committed to executing the following objectives, including to:

  • Identify and provide necessary resources by conducting rigorous, comprehensive strategic planning across DOE, to include the laboratories in the process;
  • Assist Congress in its role of reviewing the laboratories by promoting greater transparency with Congress and the taxpayer;
  • Implement laboratory stewardship through partnership;
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities;
  • Improve the development and implementation of requirements and improve the laboratory oversight environment;
  • Improve annual laboratory planning and evaluation;
  • Manage the laboratories as a system, seeking to achieve maximum benefit for the nation;
  • Examine procedures, beyond strategic planning, to allow laboratories flexibility to maintain excellence in the expertise of research staff;
  • Enhance laboratory mission-aligned collaboration with stakeholders and the broader science and technology community;
  • Continue to develop the Institutional Cost Report (ICR); and,
  • Revitalize laboratory infrastructure, reduce the risk of excess facilities, and improve project management.


federal agency, energy