The National Labs could be consolidated into regional national labs instead of the current structure. The Department of Eneergy should transfer the labs to the National Science Foundation. In doing so, there would be single source funding for research and grants. At present, both the Enegry Department and the National Science Foundation are funding research grants. The funding requirements could be streamlined into a... more »
Make all or the larger DOE national laboratories into government owned and operated laboratories (staffed by federal workers instead of contractors). This is common in DOD and I would suspect that the DOD laboratories are operated cheaper than the DOE laboratories (salaries and bonuses are less for federal employees).