Excerpt: “DOE’s relationship with its contractors has been a source of concern for decades. In 2014, a congressional advisory panel, commonly referred to as Augstine-Mies, described a dysfunctional relationship between DOE and its contractors. In 2015, the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (CRENEL) also found that the relationship between DOE and many of the laboratories had eroded. In 2016 testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee, the chairs of these commissions outlined concerns about the effect on trust resulting from potentially burdensome practices that many perceive limit the efficiency of work in the nuclear security enterprise and its national lab network.”
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