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Inspection Report: DOE/IG-0853

July 13, 2011 

Organizational Conflicts of Interest Program at Sandia National Laboratories

The Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) is a multi-program national security laboratory managed and operated under contract by Sandia Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. As part of the Department's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Sandia is designated as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). In performing its various research-related activities, Sandia has special access to a wide variety of Government proprietary information. Pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 35.017, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and other contractual provisions, Sandia is obligated to protect proprietary data, act with independence and objectivity, and perform in a manner free from any Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI). In that connection, NNSA officials requested assistance in determining whether Sandia's OCI Program complied with relevant contractual requirements. We initiated this inspection with that objective in mind.

Topic: Management & Administration