Re-shaping the Department of Energy in Obama's Second Term: Institutional Reform Goals

November 26, 2012

It’s time for the President and the Secretary of Energy to take a hard look at the National Labs and begin implementing reforms to strengthen the GOCO model. Of course, this isn’t anew topic among federal policymakers. Just last year the DOE Inspector General called for substantial changes at the Labs. Nonetheless, it’s an important policy issue that is crying out for reform and comes at a key time in American energy policy, in which we need much more innovation to make clean energy cheap and viable, not less. The status quo simply isn’t working anymore.