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        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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