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Revealing the Hidden Nature of Space and Time: Charting the Course for Elementary Particle Physics
the project and the contributions of the participants. This will ensure that all costs have been properly accounted for and that the costs (including in-kind contributions) are allocated on a fair and consistent basis. The ILC project organization will need to establish effective controls over budgeting, procurement, quality control, design changes, and contingency reserves. The ILC organization also will need to ensure that the internationally agreed-upon cash contributions are funded on a timely basis so as to avoid schedule delays and associated cost increases. Finally, the financial management procedures will need to ensure timely and transparent accountability on the financial status of the project to the national sponsors.
Procurement strategy. The rules for procurement and relationships with industry vary greatly from country to country. When components are to be built and funded in a particular region, the rules applicable for that region should be applied. Quality control remains a central management concern and must be coordinated even for nationally contributed components.
Site selection criteria. The siting of the ILC facility ultimately will be a decision made by senior governmental policy makers, but the process can be facilitated by development of a set of technical and management criteria for site selection.
Experimental program management. Plans will be needed for how the experimental program is to be managed and how remote participants will have access to the data and possibly control of the experiments from remote centers, as well as access in terms of visits to the site.
Information management and dissemination. The ILC, like the LHC, will generate huge volumes of data. Management of these data and their intellectual content will require special arrangements affecting such issues as data management, intellectual property, and information dissemination. The international nature of the laboratory will require that the data be accessible in a timely fashion to remote users as well as to those at the site.
If the United States prepares a bid to host the ILC, the issues listed above will need to be addressed for the bid to have a good chance of success. These issues are not unique to the United States but will also need to be addressed in the bids of other countries.