Presentation on theme: "National Laboratory Directors Council (NLDC)"— Presentation transcript:
1National Laboratory Directors Council (NLDC) Marty CongerFebruary 8, 2012
2NLDC is made up of the Lab Directors from each of the DOE National Labs
3The National Laboratory Directors Council (NLDC) VISION:Collaborate with DOE on strategic issues and concerns of broad interestProvide a forum for discussing matters that impact effective and efficient mission executionSTRUCTURE:Executive Committee represents all Lab DirectorsThom Mason (ORNL), ChairPaul Alivisatos (LBNL)Paul Hommert (SNL)Eric Isaacs (ANL)Rosio Alvarez (LBNL), CoordinatorStanding Working Groups – each with a structure and appropriate links to DOE:Chief Research Officers (CRO)Chief Operations Officers (COO)Chief Information Officers (CIO)Chief Financial Officers (CFO)General Counsels (GC)Communication Officers (CCO)
4NLDC Meetings and Activities NLDC Executive Committee meets quarterly with Secretary of EnergyIdentify, discuss and resolve issues on behalf of the NLDCAt least once a year a face to face meeting with all lab directorsOther interactions as needed (interim NLDC meetings, Working Group tag ups, ad hoc calls with all Lab Directors, etc.)Past and continuing issues (old issues never really die…)Nuclear energy – clarifying the technological roadmapBranding the Labs as a national, strategic assetCost of Doing BusinessARRASpecific issues currently warranting NLDC attention:Reform Initiative (Safety, Security, Cyber, Integrated Management System)Programmatic initiatives/mission enablers (i.e., ARPA-E, Hubs)Work for Others (WFO)Working with IndustryIndustry Forums (two held)Tech Transfer including Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT)Non-Federal WFOSustianabilityContractor Assurance (CAS)OMB dislike of M&O contracts
5Burdensome Policies A successful process initiated by NLDC Over 100 onerous areas of opportunity identified – culled down to top 20 via NLDC community voteInitially a challenge by the Secretary - strong support & visibilitySignificant outcomes:Salary approvals (minimized & allow 10% contractor discretion)Buy American Act threshold raised from $100k to $500kAbility to accept vendor T&Cs up to $100kClass approval of Davis Bacon determinationsCapitalization threshold raised from $50k to $500kMore participative process for Acquisition Letters (AL)AL guidance that reasonable error rates are an allowable costEliminated DOE approvals on foreign travel - data reporting onlyLaunched Integrated Management System (IMS) effort
6Burdensome Policies, cont. Work in ProgressFront loading of OMB quarterly apportionmentsLab participation as a partner in response to federal RFPsImprovements to funds distribution (reduce 6-8 week process to a matter of days)
8Topics Discussed by NLCRO Group Mission: S&T strategy and operational aspects that could impact R&DChair: Steve Ashby (PNNL)Specific issues have included:Future of the National Labs – transition paperEnergy White PaperWorkforce Development issuesNanosafety – a model for developing directives collaborativelySpecific Issues currently are:International StrategyRelationship with DHS and how science and the Labs can support their missionS&T basis for cross-cutting programsForeign Visits and AssignmentsAccelerator Safety Order
9Topics Discussed by NLCOO Group Mission: General Operational IssuesChair: Mike Schlender (PNNL)Typically the interface to groups such as EFCOG (link to broader DOE complex) as the overlap in interest is strongestChair serves on Directives Review Board (DRB)Specific issues currently are:Safety and Security Reform (what vs. how)Relying on the Contractor Assurance System (less DOE oversight)Project ManagementSustianabilityInfrastructure InvestmentsImplementing the Integrated Management SystemOther DOE Orders (ConOps, Radiation Protection of the Environment and Public, Aviation Safety)
10Topics Discussed by NLCIO Group Mission: Cybersecurity and IT issuesChair: Tom Harper (LANL)Specific issues currently are:Cyber Security ReformImplement risk-based approachEngage beyond DOE on high value use of information to enhance missions (e.g., with NIST)Enhance collaboration capabilities and create communities of interestImprove collaboration infrastructure of NLCIO Council as first stepFoster multi-lab evaluation, development and test deployment of new and innovative information technology to support mission, efficient operation and secure environmentsCloud usageEvaluation of various technologies
11Topics Discussed by NLCFO Group Mission: All things FinancialChair: Marty Conger (PNNL)Routine interactions with DOE CFOAccomplishments:Pension and Benefit metrics (visibility of cost issue and outliers)Institutional Cost Reporting replacing Functional CostConsistent funding model for Safeguards and SecurityGPP/IGPP threshold raised to $10MConference management order revisions (joint with CROs)Resolved total time reporting not required for EVMS certificationStreamlined Alternative Financing guide/process (joint with COOs, GC and OECM)Specific issues currently are:Pensions and BenefitsDeveloping and Implementing ACTCost of Doing BusinessOMB Quarterly apportionment
12Topics Discussed by NLGC Group Mission: Cross-cutting group that evaluates any issues with a legal aspectChair: Nicole Porter (ORNL)Interfacing directly and routinely with DOE GCSpecific issues currently are:Contractor liability for legal costNew Part 719 shifts more risk to contractorsStreamlining workforce restructuring approvalsACT ImplementationLiability and indemnification under ACTContracting processes
13Topics Discussed by NLCCO Group Mission: Develop, enhance and communicate a unified image and branding for the National LabsChair: Matt Howard (ANL)Newest working group, recently stood upAccomplishments:Produced the publication “50 Breakthroughs from America’s National Labs”Specific issues currently are:Messaging to OMB and Congress on value of the National Labs and M&O modelRelationship managemnt with OSTPOther areas under development
14Other NLDC Interactions and Activities Field Management CouncilRepresentatives from DOE Complex on Federal sideOverlap in interests (reform, contracting, delegation of authority, etc.)Mike Weis (PNSO) is the ChairOperations Management Council (OMC)Chaired by Deputy Secretary PonemanDecision-making on a number of operational issuesEnergy Facilities Contractors Group (EFCOG)Discussions routinely with their Executive CommitteeSecretary’s office to set agendas and handle issues “off-line”
15So… Are we making any progress? Lots of EvidenceRoutine Interactions with HQReform of Safety DirectivesSafeguards and Security Summit (April 14)Pension and BenefitsIndividual DirectivesSlow and Steady…..But don’t forget, the tortoise does win!Maintain a steady presenceConsistent, transparent, collaborative, etc.
16What’s Next Implement ACT Address OMB Concerns Alternative Financing Three year pilot programAddress OMB ConcernsDevelop comprehensive information to address lingering OMB and other external stakeholder concerns about the value and effectiveness of the National Labs and the M&O modelAlternative FinancingWork with the Secretary to develop acceptable parameters and structure for lease/financing options to acquire Lab facilitiesWork OMB concurrenceSafety CulturePromote the role of the Labs in transforming safety in Laboratory environmentsQuadrennial Technology Review (QTR)Address the programmatic structural implications of this report and how does this impact budgets, etc.