Designation of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Computer Facility as a Federal Scientific Data Processing Center Could Save Millions

Gao ID: LCD-76-112 December 30, 1976

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.


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