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Department of Energy

In covering DOE’s science-related activities, FYI focuses on the Office of Science, including its six program offices and 10 national laboratories. FYI also covers the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy and the science-related activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration, including its three national laboratories.

26 Mar 2012

Energy  Secretary Steven Chu appeared before the Senate Energy and Water Development  Appropriations Subcommittee on March 14.   Appropriators were generally receptive to the FY 2013 request for the  Department of Energy, and in many cases spoke of their desire to see it play a  more active role in several areas.

21 Mar 2012

Yesterday’s  hearing of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations’ Subcommittee  on the Department of Energy’s FY 2013 request for the Office of Science had a  mixed outcome.  While the subcommittee  has traditionally been a strong supporter of the Office of Science, with  Members reaffirming their support at this hearing, they raised many questions  about the formulation and composition of the budget request.

15 Mar 2012

National  Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino had been  testifying for only a few minutes when he spoke of the austere budget  environment as creating what he called a “burning platform” to “dramatically change  the way we do business.” 

15 Feb 2012

“Investing  in science and innovation to promote our nation’s economic prosperity” and “Accelerating  the transformation of America’s energy system and securing U.S.

14 Feb 2012

Office  of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren got right to the point in  the first minute of his briefing yesterday on the FY 2013 R&D and STEM education  requests.  Said Holdren:

“We  think, and the President thinks, that it is absolutely key to the country’s  future to continue to make these investments in research and development and  STEM education in order to have the sort of future that I think all Americans  want and expect.”

He  continued, referring to President Barack Obama, stating:

23 Feb 2011

The  Administration has requested a 5.1 percent or $568.2 million increase for the  National Nuclear Security Administration for FY 2012.  Under this request, funding would increase  from the FY 2011 Administration request of $11,214.8 million to $11,782.9  million. 

An  FY 2011 appropriation bill has not been passed for the NNSA.  However, the Department of Energy has based  its comparisons on the FY 2011 request, and not on the FY 2010 appropriation.

22 Feb 2011

With  every initiative the Department undertakes, sound science is at the core.”  So states an FY 2012 Department of Energy  budget document submitted to Congress.   Under the request, the budget for the Department of Energy would  increase by 11.8 percent or $3.1 billion, as compared to the FY 2010 current  appropriation level, to $29.5 billion.  Funding  for the Office of Science would increase by 9.1 percent.  The Administration is requesting $550.0  million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy.

14 Jul 2014

The House of Representatives has completed work on the appropriations bill funding the Department of Energy in Fiscal Year 2015.  The $34 billion bill was passed last Thursday night by a vote of 253-170. 

11 Dec 2012

The  Senate has completed its consideration of S. 3254, its version of the National  Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013.  One  title of this bill authorizes the atomic energy defense activities of the  Department of Energy.  In addition to  language regarding specific programs of the National Nuclear Security  Administration, accompanying Senate Report 112-173 contained the following language:

“Independence  of the National Nuclear Security Administration

9 Nov 2012

“Unacceptable  and inexcusable” was how National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator  Thomas D’Agostino described a July 28 incursion at the Y-12 National Security  Complex.  D’Agostino was one of four  Department of Energy witnesses, and a witness from the Government  Accountability Office (GAO), testifying at a House hearing reviewing the  management of the nuclear weapons complex. The ramifications of this incident  are likely to be long-lasting, going far beyond security upgrades at NNSA  facilities.