Environment

How Crowdsourcing Could Save the Department of Energy

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In the fall of 2011, the Department of Energy’s Inspector General issued a sobering report calling for a major restructuring of operations. In a stunning revelation, the report showed that 35 percent of the $10.4 billion needed to run DOE’s sixteen national laboratories each year was spent on overhead costs, not research. Recommending a consolidation of lab operations, Inspector General Gregory Friedman called the current situation “unsustainable in the current budget environment.” The report couldn’t have come at a worse time for the DOE. One month earlier, Solyndra had gone bankrupt and the Department was frantically trying to defend itself against allegations of corruption. After a…

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