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The Department of Energy should create a high-level task force to develop Department-actionable reforms to improve the effectiveness, accountability and technology transfer efforts of the National Laboratories.

The Labs system is integral to the United States federal research enterprise, representing nearly $20 billion in annual public research dollars. However, as the pace of innovation has accelerated and the complexity of national challenges has increased, the national laboratory system has not kept stride. Significant reforms are required to better catalyze innovation in the 21st century economy.