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The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) works to develop the Department’s vision to expand the commercial impact of its research investments, and streamline information and access to DOE’s national labs and sites.

In order to carry out these goals, OTT satisfies requirements under congressional statutes found in the United States Code Title 42—The Public Health in Welfare. Authority is specially derived from Chapter 149—National Energy Policy and Programs, Subchapter X—Department of Energy Management. Sections 16391 - 16396 cover guidelines for technology transfer leadership, as well as policy and regulations for program activities, including the Technology Transfer Working Group and the Technology Commercialization Fund. Statues also authorize the National Laboratories and facilities to conduct technology-partnering activities to fulfill the Department’s mission.

To review the statutory authority referenced above, please click here.

Additionally, OTT implements public laws passed by Congress. The office derives much of its mission, responsibilities, and oversight authority from the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, and Energy Policy Act of 2005. These legislations require OTT to develop two reports to Congress annually— the “Technology Transitions Execution Plan” and the “Report on Technology Transfer and Related Technology Partnering Activities at the National Laboratories and Other Facilities.”