The Chief Research Offices (CRO) Working Group (WG) advises DOE senior leadership and the National Lab Directors Council (NLDC) on scientific, programmatic and operational issues. It serves as a forum for communication and coordination of major activities as they relate to the DOE national Laboratories.
Working Group Activities:
The CRO Working Group consists of the CROs or equivalent position for the following national laboratories:
It is expected that the members will attend all regularly scheduled meetings or send a delegate fully authorized to represent them.
The CRO Executive Council (EC) shall consist of four members, 2-SC and 2 non-SC. The EC members will be elected by plurality of the full membership to serve two-year staggered terms, with two members selected each year. The Chair-elect is elected by the CRO Working Group (WG) and moves into the position of Chair the following year. The immediate past Chair may sit on the EC as an Ex-Officio member.
If a member leaves the EC role, an open election will be held to fill the rest of the term of the departing member. If the departing member is either the Chair or Chair-Elect, the EC shall choose a replacement for the remainder of the term. If the EC cannot agree upon a replacement, the full CRO membership shall elect the replacement.
Regular meetings of the CRO WG shall be scheduled by the Chair. The meetings shall be scheduled at least three times per year. Meetings and locations will be announced via electronic mail.
Decisions will normally be made by consensus. Where voting is appropriate, it shall be managed by a third party and each member laboratory will have one vote. Normally, the NLDC Liaison will serve as the third party representative. Ballots may be cast by members during meetings or by electronic mail to the Chair within 3 working days of CRO WG meetings, by voting members who were not present. A quorum of members must vote for a decision to move forward. Two thirds of the members represent a quorum. A decision of the CRO WG is not binding on member Laboratories.
Each member will cover the cost of their participation, to include labor and non-labor, in the CRO Working Group. The Chair may elect to make arrangements for members to share in the cost of hosting a meeting of the CRO WG or to fund additional technical or administrative support.
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