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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.

 
20 Jul 2012

“We  must find a way out of this mess.  Our  nuclear deterrent requires an effective and efficient steward.”  So concluded Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio),  chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic  Forces at a recent hearing on the nation’s nuclear security enterprise.

 
21 Jun 2012

In  contrast to rather extensive language on the National Ignition Facility in the reports  accompanying the House defense authorization bill,  and the House and Senate defense appropriations bills,  the report  of the Senate Armed Services Committee only stated the following:

 
14 Jun 2012

During  House consideration of H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Development  Appropriations Act for FY 2013, an amendment was offered to increase the appropriation  for the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account.  This account provides funding for Nonproliferation  and Verification Research and Development, Nonproliferation and International  Security, International Nuclear Material Protection and Cooperation, Fissile  Materials Disposition, and the Global Threat Reduction Initiative.  The current budget is $2,295.9 million.  The Administration requested $2,458.6  million. 

 
9 Jul 2014

The White House has threatened to veto the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill that the full House of Representatives is now considering.  A Statement of Administration Policy issued today by the Office of Management and Budget on H.R. 4923 declares:

 
11 Jun 2012

During  the House of Representative’s recent consideration of the FY 2013 Energy and  Water Development Appropriations Bill, an amendment was offered by Rep. Randy  Hultgren (R-IL) to reduce funding for the Department of Energy’s Energy  Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.   Half of the $30 million reduction would have been transferred to the DOE  Office of Science.

This  amendment failed by a vote of 130 “yes” votes to 256 “no” votes.

 
4 Jun 2012

Late  last week the House of Representatives started its consideration of the FY 2013  Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  It is expected that the final vote on passage  will occur later this week.

 
23 Jun 2014

Last week the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  In several sections of the committee’s report accompanying this bill the appropriations take a strong position on the Obama Administration’s policy regarding the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

 
23 Jun 2014

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on June 12 to focus on the threat of crude explosives using radiological materials and efforts to secure these materials.  The hearing drew on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Nuclear Nonproliferation: Additional Actions Needed to Increase the Security of U.S.

 
20 Jun 2014

On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  The $34 billion bill provides funding for the Department of Energy, including the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) which received $11.4 billion.
 

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