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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.

 
9 Apr 2012

Frank Rusco, Director of Natural Resources and Environment at  the Government Accountability Office (GAO), recently drafted a report on the  Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s (SC) use of a multilayered  process for prioritizing research.  This  February 2012 report, prepared for Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking  Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Senate  Appropriations Committee, reviewed SC’s research priorities, explained how  those priorities were established, and offered a description of the  coordination between SC and other federal ag

 
7 Mar 2012

Energy  Secretary Steven Chu testified before two important panels in the last week:  the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee and the  House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.   As expected, most questions centered on energy prices and nuclear waste  disposal, and to a lesser degree, DOE’s science programs.

 
1 Mar 2012

“If  this isn’t fixed we’re going to lose the capability of these laboratories.  This has just got to be fixed . . . the  stakes are very, very high here.”  So  warned Charles Curtis, a member of a National Research Council committee  charged with reviewing the management and the conduct of scientific research  and engineering at the three National Security Laboratories. 

 
15 Feb 2012

“Keeping  Americans safe by enhancing nuclear security through defense, nonproliferation  and environmental cleanup” is the one of three priorities in the FY 2013  Department of Energy request sent to Congress on Monday.  The department is requesting $27,155.1  million, an increase of 3.2 percent or $855.5 million for the new fiscal  year.  Of that, $11,535.9 million would  be allocated to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

 
22 May 2014

The Obama Administration’s request to pause FY 2015 construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility was the focus of a hearing of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.  None of the powerful senators at this hearing were pleased with this strategy that was in the FY 2015 budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s nonproliferation program.

 
28 Apr 2014

The DOE Office of High Energy Physics is establishing a cross-cutting program in Accelerator Stewardship and is requesting input on this initiative by May 19.

 
24 Apr 2014

“Unfortunately, the unmistakable conclusion of our fact-finding is that as implemented the NNSA experiment involving creation of a semi-autonomous organization has failed.”  So testified Norman Augustine about the National Nuclear Security Administration at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

 
23 Apr 2014

With one important exception, there was little discussion about the DOE Office of Science when Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testified at two hearings of the House and Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittees.  Most of the questions addressed to Moniz concerned the programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration, energy production, and the construction management of large DOE projects. 

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