42 U.S. Code § 7257. Acquisition, construction, etc., of laboratories, research and testing sites, etc.

The Secretary is authorized to acquire (by purchase, lease, condemnation, or otherwise), construct, improve, repair, operate, and maintain laboratories, research and testing sites and facilities, quarters and related accommodations for employees and dependents of employees of the Department, personal property (including patents), or any interest therein, as the Secretary deems necessary; and to provide by contract or otherwise for eating facilities and other necessary facilities for the health and welfare of employees of the Department at its installations and purchase and maintain equipment therefor.

Pilot Program for Project Management Oversight Regarding Department of Energy Construction Projects

Pub. L. 106–65, div. C, title XXXI, § 3175, Oct. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 950, provided that:

“(a)Requirement.—
(1)
The Secretary of Energy shall carry out a pilot program on use of project management oversight services (in this section referred to as ‘PMO services’) for construction projects of the Department of Energy.
“(2)
The purpose of the pilot program shall be to provide a basis for determining whether or not the use of competitively procured, external PMO services for those construction projects would permit the Department to control excessive costs and schedule delays associated with those construction projects that have large capital costs.
“(b)Projects Covered by Program.—
(1)
Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall carry out the pilot program at construction projects selected by the Secretary. The projects shall include one or more construction projects authorized pursuant to section 3101 [113 Stat. 915] and one construction project authorized pursuant to section 3102 [113 Stat. 917].
“(2)
Each project selected by the Secretary shall be a project having capital construction costs anticipated to be not less than $25,000,000.
“(c)Services Under Program.—The PMO services used under the pilot program shall include the following services:
“(1)
Monitoring the overall progress of a project.
“(2)
Determining whether or not a project is on schedule.
“(3)
Determining whether or not a project is within budget.
“(4)
Determining whether or not a project conforms with plans and specifications approved by the Department.
“(5)
Determining whether or not a project is being carried out efficiently and effectively.
“(6)
Any other management oversight services that the Secretary considers appropriate for purposes of the pilot program.
“(d)Procurement of Under Program.—Any PMO services procured under the pilot program shall be acquired—
“(1)
on a competitive basis; and
“(2) from among commercial entities that—
“(A)
do not currently manage or operate facilities at a location where the pilot program is being conducted; and
“(B)
have an expertise in the management of large construction projects.
“(e)Report.—
Not later than February 1, 2000, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the pilot program. The report shall include the assessment of the Secretary as to the feasibility and desirability of using PMO services for construction projects of the Department.
Laboratory Funding Plan

Pub. L. 106–60, title III, § 310, Sept. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 496, which provided that no funds in an Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act were to be expended after December 31 of each year under certain contracts unless the funds were expended pursuant to a Laboratory Funding Plan approved by the Secretary of Energy, and which also provided for directives, approval, and exceptions by the Secretary, was repealed by Pub. L. 108–7, div. D, title III, § 310, Feb. 20, 2003, 117 Stat. 155.

Termination or Changes in Activities of Government-Owned and Contractor-Operated Facilities, National Laboratories, Etc.; Reports by Secretary of Energy Concerning Proposals Prior to Implementation; Contents; Submission Date

Pub. L. 95–238, title I, § 104(c), Feb. 25, 1978, 92 Stat. 53, provided that:

“As part of the Department of Energy’s responsibility to keep the Congress fully and currently informed, the Secretary shall make the following reports:
“(i)
any proposal by the Secretary of the Department of Energy to terminate or make major changes in activities of the Government-owned and contractor-operated facilities, the national laboratories, energy research centers and the operations offices managing such laboratories, shall not be implemented until the Secretary transmits the proposal, together with all pertinent data, to the Committee on Science and Technology [now Committee on Science, Space, and Technology] of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate, and waits a period of thirty calendar days (not including any day on which either House of Congress is not in session because of an adjournment of more than three calendar days to a day certain) from the date on which such report is received by such committees; and
“(ii)
by January 31, 1978, the Secretary shall file a full and complete report on each such proposal which he has implemented, as described in the preceding paragraph, and any major program structure change with the Committee on Science and Technology [now Committee on Science, Space, and Technology] of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.”