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  1. Go to wikipedia and read about FFRDCs and quasi-governmental organizations. Then read the report of the Congressional Research organization (a link from the wikipedia page). The going gets fun.

    LANL, Sandia, etc. are, by design, in a legal sense, not part of DOE and not part of the federal government. They are private or quasi-private entities. So, a sign saying that they are part of DOE may be problematic. On the other hand, make work is always good for government agencies.

    One interesting consequence of ‘quasi-governmental’ seems to be that LANS employees should be able to lobby the federal government directly since LANS employees are not federal employees and, so, anti-lobbying laws no longer apply.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

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