27 Feb '13, 6pm

How Crowdsourcing Could Save the Department of Energy

How Crowdsourcing Could Save the Department of Energy

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 bit of press coverage, the report faded into the background amidst the furor over the loan guarantee program. The Solyndra story has mostly dissolved. But the DOE's fiscal problems still rema...

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