The Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) is a multi-program national
security laboratory managed and operated under contract by Sandia Corporation, a subsidiary of
Lockheed Martin Corporation. As part of the Department's National Nuclear Security
Administration (NNSA), Sandia is designated as a Federally Funded Research and Development
Center (FFRDC). In performing its various research-related activities, Sandia has special access
to a wide variety of Government proprietary information.
Pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 35.017, Federally Funded Research and
Development Centers, and other contractual provisions, Sandia is obligated to protect proprietary
data, act with independence and objectivity, and perform in a manner free from any
Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI). In that connection, NNSA officials requested
assistance in determining whether Sandia's OCI Program complied with relevant contractual
requirements. We initiated this inspection with that objective in mind.