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Transform how Technical and R&D Records are managed

There is a business proposition and/or opportunity to improve how long-term temporary and permanent technical and R&D records are managed in the Federal Government. Right now very little integration exists for of these types of records horizontally across the Federal Business Lines. This leads to challenges for researchers and limits the ability to leverage the research and technology effectively within the Federal Government. Additionally, there are great opportunities to commercialize our existing Intellectual Property and knowledge developed under the many research programs in the Federal Government. In a time where we need better efficiency with taxpayer dollars and need the ability to support our Agency and Customers businesses (time-to-market), better integration or consolidation of this very important ASSET should be considered for the future. Below are some of probably many strategies to consider:

-Provide this as a reimbursable service

-Leverage successful existing programs and expand (Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC®))

Submitted by bill.fellers 2 years ago

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  1. Transform isn't the issue here... it's COMPREHEND where they are and what they consist of first. Agencies are funded and managed in a very siloed environment and most of the Technical R&D is performed by Contractors. Releasing the records related to ongoing work they are performing (even though it is funded by Federal dollars) takes away from their competitive advantage to continue receiving funding to advance the R&D work they are doing. Ultimately, the records are turned over to the sponsoring Agency, who determines when they are turned over to NARA and made public. But keep in mind, much of the work being done is related to National Security and IS NOT INTENDED to be released.

    2 years ago
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    1. bill.fellers Idea Submitter

      Larry...thanks for your comment especially since I am trying to start a conversation our our nations "assets" (records). I agree with some of your characterization of where these are and how they are maintained but I am reminded many times of how household spray foam was invented, its purpose and its ultimate commercial use...it was used as a secure shield against intruders in ammunition silos many years ago. That is a small example of the potential assets we have siloed in our Federal records. The challenge is how do you leverage those assets when you can. Additionally science and technology development is within itself entering a paradigm shift on how new science and technology is developed...as a more open collaborative process. For me seeing these assets during my many career travels in these Federal organizations and wondering how many times we pay for the same technology and how can this be leveraged better in a closed environment within the Federal government until it can be released. While I again agree with some of your input...alot of technology is not related to National Security. The Super Collider is an example of many such technology projects. Anyway I appreciate the discussion! :)))

      2 years ago
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  2. And I also understand where you're coming from on this, Bill. What makes it much more complex now is changes in how Federal Contractors are forced to work. Much of the work in the past was under the auspices of "universities" and other more open entities. Changes in the past 5 years have taken work away from those bodies and instead required the establishment of "Limited Liability Corporations" (LLCs) to do the work, primarily so the Government can avoid payment of lawsuits and claims filed by workers.

    This results in a greater set of controls over information than before, and much of it not being subject to FOIA until after its turned over to the sponsoring Agencies.

    Maybe where the improvement can be made is for the Agencies funding this type of work to form a "clearing house" for information providing descriptions related to work they are funding (that is appropriate for sharing) and then interested parties can gain some further insights or knowledge there?

    2 years ago
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