Laboratories (1 - 8 of 8 items)
Technology Transfers: Benefits of Cooperative R&D Agreements
RCED-95-52: Published: Dec 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the benefits of federal agencies' engaging in cooperative research and development agreements (CRADA) with the private sector.GAO found that: (1) although all CRADA do not achieve the same level of benefit, collaborative research and development agreements can be valuable assets in the government's portfolio of technology transfer programs; (2) man...
Federal Research: Aging Federal Laboratories Need Repairs and Upgrades
RCED-93-203: Published: Sep 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the conditions of federal laboratory facilities, focusing on the: (1) effect of inadequate laboratory facilities on agencies' scientific productivity and research capabilities; and (2) funding needed to repair or upgrade these facilities.GAO found that: (1) 54 percent of federal laboratory space is over 30 years old and only 24 percent of federal l...
Federal Research: Foreign Contributions to the Superconducting Super Collider
RCED-93-75: Published: Dec 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on foreign contributions to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC).GAO found that: (1) at the end of fiscal year (FY) 1992, DOE had received $15 billion in foreign in-kind contributions such as labor, equipment, and materials; (2) DOE pays laboratories in Russia and China about half as much as it would pay...
Federal Research: Status of DOE's Superconducting Super Collider
RCED-91-116: Published: Apr 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), focusing on the: (1) stability of DOE and SSC laboratory project management; (2) uncertainties related to the SSC site geology; (3) uncertainties and risks associated with magnet development and production; and (4) Texas' proposed contribution to the project's cost...
Better DOE Controls Needed Over Contractors' Discretionary R&D Funds
T-RCED-91-25: Published: Mar 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management oversight of three multiprogram laboratories' discretionary research and development (R&D) activities. GAO noted that DOE: (1) had specific authority to approve laboratories' reasonable use of funds for discretionary R&D activities; (2) guidance was not clear enough to ensure that laboratories used discretionary R&D funds appropriately; (3)...
Laboratory Accreditation: Requirements Vary Throughout the Federal Government
RCED-89-102: Published: Mar 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined federal government programs' laboratory accreditation requirements to determine whether any had overlapping requirements which could be streamlined.GAO found that: (1) a National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) study identified 13 federal agencies with 33 laboratory accreditation programs; (2) accreditation typically involved evaluati...
Studies of U.S. Universities' Research Equipment Needs Inconclusive
RCED-84-105: Published: Apr 3, 1984. Publicly Released: May 30, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO analyzed studies and other relevant data to determine the factors which influence the nationwide university need for research equipment and identified and evaluated options for equipping university laboratories.GAO determined that none of the studies it examined provided a current estimate of the magnitude of nationwide university research equipment need...
A Long-Term Plan Is Needed To Guide DOE and Multiprogram Laboratory Research and Development Activities
RCED-84-30: Published: Jan 16, 1984. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 1984.
A review was completed of the Department of Energy's (DOE) research and development (R&D) planning activities to determine whether DOE provided sufficient planning direction to its nine contractor-operated research laboratories and whether this direction was based on long-term DOE R&D goals, objectives, and priorities.In March 1982, DOE initiated efforts to develop a 5-year R&D plan to identify it...