Designation of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Computer Facility as a Federal Scientific Data Processing Center Could Save Millions
LCD-76-112: Published: Dec 30, 1976. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1976.
- Full Report:
The Regents of the University of California operate the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory as a Government-owned, contractor-operated facility under contract to the Energy Research and Development Administration. Berkeley maintains a computer facility to support its research in three primary areas: physical research, biomedical research, and energy and environment research.
Although not designated as such, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory computer facility is essentially operating as a Federal Scientific Data Processing Center, offering its services to nonlaboratory Government users. The lower costs for this service saved the Government an estimated $9.5 million in fiscal year 1974.
Recommendation for Executive Action
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Recommendation: The Energy Research and Development Administration and the General Services Administration should reach an agreement to establish a Federal Scientific Data Processing Center at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Implementing this and supporting recommendations could save the Government an estimated $18.2 million annually.