Department of Energy: Improved Performance Planning Could Strengthen Technology Transfer, Report to the Honorable Joseph Manchin, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Highlights: "Researchers at DOE [Department of Energy] and its 17 national labs regularly make contributions to new energy technologies, such as more efficient batteries for electric vehicles. Technology transfer officials at the labs help these researchers license intellectual property and partner with private-sector companies to bring these technologies to market. However, several recent reports have highlighted barriers and inconsistencies in technology transfer at DOE, including a 2015 commission report that found barriers related to the costs of collaboration and low maturity level of many DOE technologies. This report examines (1) steps DOE has taken to address barriers to technology transfer and (2) the extent to which DOE plans and tracks the performance of its technology transfer and commercialization activities."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/