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Science and Technology: Nat Laboratories


About the National Laboratories

ONL is arranged into three branches that work collaboratively with the laboratories and key stakeholders to deliver mature vital science and technology capabilities and effective technology solutions to secure our homeland:

  • Our Utilization Branch focuses on effective use of the DOE national laboratories and the five DHS laboratories for research, test, evaluation and technology transition activities in service of homeland security missions. The branch develops policies and proposals for the effective use of laboratories for DHS work. In addition, the branch is a primary driver in setting the laboratories’ research agendas and ensuring continuity of capabilities; establishing, managing and maintaining strategic partnerships; leading strategic alignment initiatives; and representing ONL on technology and science interagency working groups.
  • Our Construction Branch oversees planning, budgeting and management of DHS laboratory infrastructure, construction and upgrade projects. The DHS laboratories’ physical buildings and facilities house dynamic research, as well as important development, test and evaluation work in support of DHS missions. The branch and its projects also maintain and provide space for research and development (R&D) capabilities that support other agencies with interrelated homeland security missions. ONL construction investments include future national assets that meet the need for a capability that does not exist, such as the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. In addition, the branch’s work seeks to extend the life and crucial capabilities within existing DHS laboratory facilities as efficiently as possible.
  • Our Operations Branch provides operational oversight for the five DHS laboratories to ensure mission needs are met. It fills a vital role by ensuring each lab operates in a safe and secure manner, compliant with federal, state and local regulations. The branch plans and budgets the resources to provide a range of capabilities: physical facilities and support structures, federal staff, management and operations, contractors, equipment, information technology, safety and security and other lab support needs. The branch is also responsible for ensuring continuity of operations for the laboratories in the event of a disaster or emergency situation.

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