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S. 2552 (pcs) To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for defense activities of the Department of Energy, and for other purposes. [Placed on Calendar Senate] ...
employee contributions referred to in paragraph (1)(A)(i); and ``(ii) the Department of Energy shall pay the remaining portion of the amount required is under paragraph (1)(A).''. SEC. 3156. CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR SUBSURFACE GEOSCIENCES LABORATORY AT IDAHO NATIONAL ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY, IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO. (a) Authorization.--Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated by paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 3102(a), not more than $400,000 shall be available to the Secretary of Energy for purposes of carrying out a conceptual design for a Subsurface Geosciences Laboratory at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho. (b) Limitation.--None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by subsection (a) may be obligated until 60 days after the Secretary submits the report required by subsection (c). (c) Report.--The Secretary of Energy shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the proposed Subsurface Geosciences Laboratory, including the following: (1) The need to conduct mesoscale experiments to meet long- term clean-up requirements at Department of Energy sites. (2) The possibility of utilizing or modifying an existing structure or facility to house a new mesoscale experimental capability. (3) The estimated construction cost of the facility. (4) The estimated annual operating cost of the facility. (5) How the facility will utilize, integrate, and support the technical expertise, capabilities, and requirements at other Department of Energy and non-Department of Energy facilities. (6) An analysis of costs, savings, and benefits which are unique to the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. SEC. 3157. TANK WASTE REMEDIATION SYSTEM, HANFORD RESERVATION, RICHLAND, WASHINGTON. (a) Funds Available.--Of the amount authorized to be appropriated by section 3102, $150,000,000 shall be available to carry out an accelerated cleanup and waste management program at the Department of Energy Hanford Site in Richland, Washington. (b) Report.--Not later than December 15, 2000, the Secretary of Energy shall submit to Congress a report on the Tank Waste Remediation System Project at the Hanford Site. The report shall include the following: (1) A proposed plan for processing and stabilizing all nuclear waste located in the Hanford Tank Farm. (2) A proposed schedule for carrying out the plan. (3) The total estimated cost of carrying out the plan. (4) A description of any alternative options to the proposed plan and a description of the costs and benefits of each such option. SEC. 3158. REPORT ON NATIONAL IGNITION FACILITY, LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA. (a) New Baseline.--(1) Not more than 50 percent of the funds available for the national ignition facility (Project 96-D-111) may be obligated or expended until the Secretary of Energy submits to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives a report setting forth a new baseline plan for the completion of the national ignition facility. (2) The report shall include a detailed, year-by-year breakdown of the funding required for completion of the facility, as well as projected dates for the completion of program milestones, including the date on which the first laser beams are expected to become operational. (b) Comptroller General Review of NIF Program.--(1) The Comptroller General shall conduct a thorough review of the national ignition facility program. (2) Not later than March 31, 2001, the Comptroller General shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives a report on the review conducted under paragraph (1). The report shall include-- (A) an analysis of-- (i) the relationship of the national ignition facility program to other key components of the Stockpile Stewardship Program; and (ii) the potential impact of delays in the national ignition facility program, and of a failure to complete key program objectives of the program, on the other key components of the Stockpile Stewardship Program, such as the Advanced Strategic Computing Initiative Program; (B) a detailed description and analysis of the funds spent as of the date of the report on the national ignition facility program; and (C) an assessment whether Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has established a new baseline plan for the national ignition facility program with clear goals and achievable milestones for that program. Subtitle E--National Laboratories Partnership Improvement Act SEC. 3161. SHORT TITLE. This subtitle may be cited as the ``National Laboratories Partnership Improvement Act of 2000''. SEC. 3162. DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this subtitle-- (1) the term ``Department'' means the Department of Energy; (2) the term ``departmental mission'' means any of the functions vested in the Secretary of Energy by the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.) or other law; (3) the term ``institution of higher education'' has the meaning given such term in section 1201(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1141(a)); (4) the term ``National Laboratory'' means any of the following institutions owned by the Department of Energy-- (A) Argonne National Laboratory; (B) Brookhaven National Laboratory; (C) Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory; (D) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; (E) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; (F) Los Alamos National Laboratory; (G) National Renewable Energy Laboratory; (H) Oak Ridge National Laboratory; (I) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; or (J) Sandia National Laboratory; (5) the term ``facility'' means any of the following institutions owned by the Department of Energy-- (A) Ames Laboratory; (B) East Tennessee Technology Park; (C) Environmental Measurement Laboratory; (D) Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; (E) Kansas City Plant; (F) National Energy Technology Laboratory; (G) Nevada Test Site; (H) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; (I) Savannah River Technology Center; (J) Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; (K) Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility; (L) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant; (M) Y-12 facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; or (N) other similar organization of the Department designated by the Secretary that engages in technology transfer, partnering, or licensing activities; (6) the term ``nonprofit institution'' has the meaning given such term in section 4 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3703(5)); (7) the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Energy; (8) the term ``small business concern'' has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632); (9) the term ``technology-related business concern'' means a for-profit corporation, company, association, firm, partnership, or small business concern that-- (A) conducts scientific or engineering research, (B) develops new technologies, (C) manufactures products based on new technologies, or (D) performs technological services; (10) the term ``technology cluster'' means a concentration of-- (A) technology-related business concerns; (B) institutions of higher education; or (C) other nonprofit institutions; that reinforce each other's performance through formal or informal relationships; (11) the term ``socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns'' has the meaning given such term in section 8(a)(4) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a)(4)); and (12) the term ``NNSA'' means the National Nuclear Security Administration established by title XXXII of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Public Law 106- 65). SEC. 3163. TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE PILOT PROGRAM. (a) Establishment.--The Secretary, through the appropriate officials of the Department, shall establish a Technology Infrastructure Pilot Program in accordance with this section. (b) Purpose.--The purpose of the program shall be to improve the ability of National Laboratories or facilities to support departmental missions by-- (1) stimulating the development of technology clusters that can support the missions of the National Laboratories or facilities; (2) improving the ability of National Laboratories or facilities to leverage and benefit from commercial research, technology, products, processes, and services; and (3) encouraging the exchange of scientific and technological expertise between National Laboratories or facilities and-- (A) institutions of higher education, (B) technology-related business concerns, (C) nonprofit institutions, and (D) agencies of State, tribal, or local governments; that can support the missions of the National Laboratories and facilities. (c) Pilot Program.--In each of the first three fiscal years after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary may provide no more than $10,000,000, divided equally, among no more than 10 National Laboratories or facilities selected by the Secretary to conduct Technology Infrastructure Program Pilot Programs. (d) Projects.--The Secretary shall authorize the Director of each National Laboratory or facility designated under subsection (c) to implement the Technology Infrastructure Pilot Program at such National Laboratory or facility through projects that meet the requirements of subsections (e) and (f). (e) Program Requirements.--Each project funded under this section shall meet the following requirements: (1) Minimum participants.--Each project shall at a minimum include-- (A) a National Laboratory or facility; and (B) one of the following entities-- (i) a business, (ii) an institution of higher education, (iii) a nonprofit institution, or (iv) an agency of a State, local, or tribal government. (2) Cost sharing.-- (A) Minimum amount.--Not less than 50 percent of the costs of each project funded under this section shall be provided from non-Federal sources. (B) Qualified funding and resources.--(i) The calculation of costs paid by the non-Federal sources to a project shall include cash, personnel, services, equipment, and other resources expended on the project. (ii) Independent research and development expenses of Government contractors that qualify for reimbursement under section 31-205-18(e) of the Federal Acquisition Regulations issued pursuant to section 25(c)(1) of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 U.S.C. 421(c)(1)) may be credited towards costs paid by non-Federal sources to a project, if the expenses meet the other requirements of this section. (iii) No funds or other resources expended either before the start of a project under this section or outside the project's scope of work shall be credited toward the costs paid by the non-Federal sources to the project. (3) Competitive selection.--All projects where a party other than the Department or a National Laboratory or facility receives funding under this section shall, to the extent practicable, be competitively selected by the National Laboratory or facility using procedures determined to be appropriate by the Secretary or his designee. (4) Accounting standards.--Any participant receiving funding under this section, other than a National Laboratory or facility, may use generally accepted accounting principles for maintaining accounts, books, and records relating to the project. (5) Limitations.--No Federal funds shall be made available under this section for-- (A) construction; or (B) any project for more than five years. (f) Selection Criteria.-- (1) Threshold funding criteria.--The Secretary shall authorize the provision of Federal funds for projects under this section only when the Director of the National Laboratory or facility managing such a project determines that the project is likely to improve the participating National Laboratory or facility's ability to achieve technical success in meeting departmental missions. (2) Additional criteria.--The Secretary shall also require the Director of the National Laboratory or facility managing a project under this section to consider the following criteria in selecting a project to receive Federal funds-- (A) the potential of the project to succeed, based on its technical merit, team members, management approach, resources, and project plan; (B) the potential of the project to promote the development of a commercially sustainable technology cluster, one that will derive most of the demand for its products or services from the private sector, that can support the missions of the participating National Laboratory or facility; (C) the potential of the project to promote the use of commercial research, technology, products, processes, and services by the participating National Laboratory or facility to achieve its departmental mission or the commercial development of technological innovations made at the participating National Laboratory or facility; (D) the commitment shown by non-Federal organizations to the project, based primarily on the nature and amount of the financial and other resources they will risk on the project; (E) the extent to which the project involves a wide variety and number of institutions of higher education, nonprofit institutions, and technology-related business concerns that can support the missions of the participating National Laboratory or facility and that will make substantive contributions to achieving the goals of the project; (F) the extent of participation in the project by agencies of State, tribal, or local governments that will make substantive contributions to achieving the goals of the project; and (G) the extent to which the project focuses on promoting the development of technology-related business concerns that are small business concerns or involves such small business concerns substantively in the project.
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