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Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2015

Short Titles as Reported to House

Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2015

Short Titles as Introduced

Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2015

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To improve management of the National Laboratories, enhance technology commercialization, facilitate public-private partnerships, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (3)

05/19/2015Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H3373-3374)
05/19/2015Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 114-124.
02/27/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (12)

Date Chamber
05/20/2015SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
05/19/2015-6:52pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
05/19/2015-6:52pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H3373-3374)
05/19/2015-6:33pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1158.
05/19/2015-6:33pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H3373-3377)
05/19/2015-6:33pmHouseMr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
05/19/2015HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 89.
05/19/2015HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 114-124.
03/04/2015HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
03/04/2015HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
02/27/2015HouseReferred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
02/27/2015HouseIntroduced in House

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Science, Space, and Technology02/27/2015 Referred to
03/04/2015 Markup by
05/19/2015 Reported by H. Rept. 114-124
Senate Energy and Natural Resources05/20/2015 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House amended (05/19/2015)

Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2015


(Sec. 101) Directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to: (1) report annually on its ability to improve the technology transfer and commercialization of energy technologies, including an assessment of the role and effectiveness of the Director of the Office of Technology Transitions; and (2) recommend changes to improve the ability to successfully transfer new energy technologies to the private sector.

(Sec. 102) Expresses the sense of Congress that DOE should encourage the nonmilitary national laboratories (national laboratories) and federally funded research and development centers to inform small businesses of the opportunities and resources that exist pursuant to this Act.

(Sec. 103) Requires DOE to report on its capabilities to authorize, host, and oversee privately funded fusion and non-light water reactor prototypes and related demonstration facilities at DOE-owned sites. Instructs DOE, for purposes of such report, to consider DOE's capabilities to facilitate privately-funded prototypes of up to 20 megawatts thermal output.


(Sec. 201) Directs DOE to carry out the Agreements for Commercializing Technology pilot program in accordance with this Act, including by giving the contractors of the DOE nonmilitary national laboratories increased authority to negotiate contract terms and making every such facility eligible for the program.

Permits the directors of the national laboratories to execute agreements with non-federal entities, provided that such funding is only used to carry out the purposes of the federal award. Subjects agreements that are funding agreements to the requirements of the Bayh-Dole Act (concerning patent rights to inventions arising from federally-supported research and development).

Imposes contractor certification requirements for the avoidance of direct competition with the private sector and conflicts of interest.

Extends the pilot program until October 31, 2017.

Requires DOE to report to Congress on the overall effectiveness of the pilot program and to annually account for, and justify, incidences of use by non-federal entities of funds derived from a federal contract or award to carry out agreements pursuant to the pilot program.

(Sec. 202) Requires DOE to delegate to the directors of the national laboratories signature authority with respect to certain agreements the total cost of which is less than $1 million, if such an agreement falls within the scope of: (1) a strategic plan for the national laboratory that has been approved by DOE; or (2) the most recent congressionally approved budget for DOE activities to be carried out by that laboratory.

Makes this section inapplicable to any agreement with a majority foreign-owned company.

(Sec. 203) Permits the directors of national laboratories to use funds authorized to support technology transfer within DOE to carry out early-stage and pre-commercial technology demonstration activities to: (1) remove technology barriers that limit private sector interest, and (2) demonstrate potential commercial applications of any research and technologies arising from national laboratory activities.

(Sec. 204) Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to exempt institutions of higher education and nonprofit institutions from the cost-sharing requirements for research and development for six years.

(Sec. 205) Authorizes DOE to enter into an agreement with the National Science Foundation to enable the participation of DOE researchers in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program.


(Sec. 301) Requires the Government Accountability Office to report to Congress on the results of projects developed under this Act and on the impact of DOE efforts to promote technology transfer and private sector engagement at the national laboratories.