Providing Critical Support

Our Operating Model

The Laboratory attracts talented staff while maintaining scientific objectivity and independence by operating as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). Private-sector entities that deliver specialized research and development capabilities to sponsoring governmental agencies, FFRDCs operate in the best interest of the public to make sure technical excellence and objectivity are applied to federal research and development.

As a government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) facility, the Laboratory is further managed through a contract between the LLNS Board of Governors and the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration. By bringing together government, industry and academic expertise, the Laboratory can quickly address complex problems that aren’t easily solved by federal resources or traditional contractors.


DOE determines the mission of the Laboratory and provides most of the funding for the work conducted.


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees determine how best to carry out the research.

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LLNS management provides the appropriate long-term research and operational environment.

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