Federal Research: Aging Federal Laboratories Need Repairs and Upgrades
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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We are pleased to be here today to discuss the findings of our report to this Committee, which we are releasing today, entitled Federal Research Aging Federal Laboratories Need Repairs and Upgrades GAORCED-93-203. Citing the importance of federal research and development RD to economic growth and national well-being, Mr. Vice Chairman, you expressed concern that federal research agencies may be underinvesting in maintaining, repairing, and upgrading their laboratories. Accordingly, you requested that we assess the 1 condition of federal laboratory facilities, 2 effect of inadequate laboratory facilities on agencies scientific productivity and research capabilities, and 3 funding needed to repair or upgrade these facilities. The information in our report is primarily based on data provided by eight federal agencies for 220 government-owned laboratories that spent about 18.1 billion of the estimated 24.9 billion obligated for RD at federal laboratories in fiscal year 1992. These agencies are the Departments of Commerce, Defense DOD, and Energy DOE the Environmental Protection Agency EPA the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA the Agricultural Research service ARS, within the Department of Agriculture USDA the National Institutes of Health NIH, within the Department of Health and Human Services and the Geological Survey USGS, within the Department of the Interior. We also interviewed facilities managers for each agency and laboratory management, researchers, and facilities managers at the eight federal laboratories we visited.
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