Summary: S.1756 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/05/2000)

National Laboratories Partnership Improvement Act of 2000 - Instructs the Secretary of Energy to: (1) establish a Technology Infrastructure Program to improve the ability of the National Laboratories to support department missions; (2) provide specified maximum funding in each of the first three fiscal years after enactment of this Act among no more than ten National Laboratories selected by the Secretary to conduct Technology Infrastructure Program Pilot Programs; (3) authorize the Director of each National Laboratory to implement such Program pursuant to prescribed program requirements; (4) require the Director of each National Laboratory to establish a small business advocacy function and a small business assistance program; (5) require such Director to appoint a technology partnership ombudsman for complaint resolution (who may also be a small business advocate); and (6) direct the Laboratory Operations Board to study and report on improved mission efficacy, partnerships, and technology transfer at National Laboratories.

(Sec. 7) Amends the Department of Energy Organization Act to authorize the Secretary to enter into transactions with public and private entities in furtherance of present and future functions vested in the Secretary, including research, development, or demonstration projects.

Requires the Secretary to ensure that: (1) such transactions do not duplicate existing DOE research activities; and (2) Federal funds provided for such transactions do not exceed the total amount provided by other parties. Permits such transactions when use of a conventional agreement would not be appropriate.

(Sec. 8) Mandates that, with respect to National Laboratories and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) facilities, all actions taken by the Secretary in implementing this Act shall be through the Administrator for Nuclear Security in conformance with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000.

(Sec. 9) Amends the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 to reflect the provisions of this Act with respect to strategic plans, experimental Federal waivers, and time required for approval.

(Sec. 10) Declares that it shall be an objective of the NNSA Administrator to obligate funds for either cooperative research and development agreements, or cost-shared research partnerships with non-Federal organizations, in an amount at least equal to prescribed percentages appropriated for specified fiscal years. Requires the Administrator to report to congressional defense committees regarding attainment of such objective.