Federally Funded Research and Development Centers: A Strategic Reassessment for Budget-Constrained Times 

Since their establishment following the Second World War, FFRDCs have performed valuable and important work for the government. However, as a result of changes to federal budget dynamics and the industrial base that supports the government, it is necessary to reassess the proper role of FFRDCs. This entails ensuring that FFRDCs continue to serve the unique functions they were designed for, maintaining accountability for costs, and enhancing competition for work performed by FFRDCs and other entities. This PSC white paper makes recommendations for such an assessment to be conducted by Congress and federal agencies.

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