The Presidential Review Directive (PRD/NSTC-1) established an Interagency Federal Laboratory Review focusing upon the government's three largest laboratory systems—those operated by the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Based on the results of this 1995 review the President issued a Presidential Decision Directive (PDD/NSTC-5), Guidelines for Federal Laboratory Reform, that instructed the affected agencies to streamline management and oversight of their laboratories, focus laboratory missions, and coordinate laboratory resources and facilities. A 1997 review of the status of the reforms included a recommendation that the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) broaden the reform effort to include all agencies operating Federal laboratories and/or conducting substantial intramural research programs. This recommendation led to the creation of the NSTC multiagency working group that produced this report.
The six proposals presented here, which resulted from the perspectives of this broad group of agency representatives, are both important and achievable. When implemented, they will help the Federal laboratories reduce costs, increase productivity, maintain or enhance research quality, achieve agency missions, and contribute to the national goal of maintaining leadership across the frontiers of knowledge. The six proposed actions are to:
· Make personnel policies more flexible and conducive to a high-caliber
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