Reality Check

U.S. COMPETITIVENESS gets a tremendous boost from the huge volume of technology that government labs are transferring to private industry under Cooperative Research & Development Agreements. Or so say the labs. CRADAs help companies develop government-funded research into a variety of products. The sheer number of CRADAs--the Energy Dept. alone has inked more than 1,000 since 1989--shows that the vast federal research empire is serving business, the government labs contend.

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