In recent years, Congress has created a number of agency-related nonprofit research foundations to provide a flexible, efficient method to establish and enhance public-private research and development partnerships. The Conference Report on the Energy and Water Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2020 directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both Chambers of Congress a report on the value of creating a nonprofit foundation with requirements as outlined in the House and Senate Reports. The referenced Reports direct the DOE to contract with the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to convene an expert Panel and issue a report regarding the value of creating a nonprofit foundation to assist the Department to advance its mission of addressing the nation’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
As directed, the Academy will support the DOE with a detailed examination of agency-related nonprofit research foundations. This analysis, among other aspects, will include:
An analysis on whether the DOE laboratory foundations associated with the DOE National Laboratories would be complemented by a DOE foundation and any anticipated challenges associated with such an effort.
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Title 5, Appendix 2, § 15, NAPA is required to provide public notice of the names and brief biographies of appointed panel members, and provide a reasonable opportunity for the public to comment on such appointments.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the study, please contact, Brenna Isman, Director of Academy Studies, at BIsman@napawash.org.