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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.

1 Aug 2014

“There can be absolutely no question that investing in science and technology, in innovation, and in educating our young people is critical to maintaining our nation’s global leadership…. The money that we put into basic research, into understanding the world around us, has a real world impact,” stated Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV).

30 Jul 2014

Senate appropriators have released their draft committee report accompanying the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  As previously noted in FYI #127, this bill was scheduled for action by the full Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-June, but was pulled from consideration because of concerns about an expected amendment to the bill to restrict EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.  No new date has been scheduled.

25 Feb 2010

 The essential role that the nation's nuclear weapons laboratories have in securing America's national security was highlighted in remarks by Vice President Joseph Biden to the National Defense University on February 18.

15 Feb 2010

The Obama Administration requested a 13.4 percent increase in the FY 2011 budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  Following the request of May 2009 that was essentially unchanged from the year before, funding for NNSA would increase to $11.2 billion in FY 2011.  NNSA is an independent entity within the Department of Energy to manage the country’s nuclear defense.  A Department of Energy FY 2011 congressional budget request document provides the following overview of NNSA’s approach in the nex

29 Jul 2014

Senate appropriators have released their draft committee report accompanying the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  This bill was scheduled for action by the full Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-June, but was pulled from consideration because of concerns about an expected amendment to the bill to restrict EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.  No new date has been scheduled.

4 Feb 2010

Funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology would increase by 7.3 percent or $62.3 million under the Obama Administration’s request sent to Congress on Monday. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke explained that "While the President's budget request freezes most domestic spending, NIST needs this increase to ensure we’re making the kind of future-oriented science and technology investments that ultimately create high-wage jobs and jump-start the economy."

3 Feb 2010

The Department of Energy has requested a 6.8 percent increase in its total budget for FY 2011. Within this request, funding would increase by 4.4 percent for the Office of Science.

Set against a backdrop of a budget freeze in almost all categories of discretionary spending, most research programs within the Office of Science would see growth, with increases ranging from 2.3 percent to 12.1 percent.  The one exception is funding for the Fusion Energy Sciences Program, which would decline by 10.8 percent.

11 Jan 2010

On January 6 President Obama hosted recipients  of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching  and Mentoring in the White House East Room and used the occasion to boost the  “Educate to Innovate” initiative.

Speaking to about 100 educators, Obama acknowledged that, “All of us have a  role to play in building an education system that is worthy of our children and  ready to help us seize the opportunities and meet the challenges of the 21st  century.”

25 Jul 2014

“Fusion energy is the sort of high-risk, high-reward research that will benefit future generations if we are bold enough to pursue it,” said House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) at a recent hearing on the ITER fusion program.  Contrasting with the tenor of reports about the governance and construction management of the high profile fusion science project, the ninety minute hearing focusing on ITER was upbeat with strong support voiced by both Republicans and Democrats.

20 Dec 2011

Congress  and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill.  H.R.

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