DOD-Sponsored R&D Centers,
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC
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We are taking these actions to deal with concerns, both real and perceived, that these centers have not been right-sized that they are working in areas beyond the core interests of the Department and that the centers are using their special status to gain an unfair competitive advantage over commercial firms. The Department has scrutinized the operations of our FFRDCs and our University Affiliated Research Centers over the past year. We have conducted numerous independent studies and reviews and we have now introduced four major initiatives designed to manage these organizations more effectively, including Limiting the program content of these RD centers to core work Establishing stringent criteria for the acceptance of non-core work by an RD centers parent corporation Chartering an independent advisory committee to review the Departments management and oversight of FFRDCs and UARCs Developing a new set of guidelines to ensure that the management fee provided to FFRDCs is based on justified need.
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