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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.

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.

20 Dec 2011

Congress and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill. H.R. 2055 combines nine funding bills, and is accompanied by House Report 112-331. This 1,385 page report contains the bill language and a second section with the appropriators’ recommendations. The following is a selection of the report’s recommendations for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, starting on page 853.

18 Jul 2014

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report describing significant management challenges to the Department of Energy’s support of the ITER program.  The report responds to a request from five senators asking GAO to review ITER’s changing construction cost and schedule, the reliability of current projections, and actions taken by the Department of Energy to reduce the program’s expense.

8 Dec 2011

William  Brinkman, director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and former  president of the American Physical Society, recently published a column in  Inside Science Minds, an ongoing series of guest columns and personal  perspectives from those in the science community presented by Inside Science, a news service for the general public supported by the  American Institute of Physics.  In his 

28 Nov 2011

Today  is an important milestone in the development of the FY 2013 budget.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officially  responds to the draft budget requests of federal departments and agencies, in a  process known as the “passback.”  Between  now and the end of January, OMB will work with the departments and agencies in  the development of a federal budget request that President Barack Obama will  send to Congress in early February.

15 Sep 2011

The  Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Energy  and Water Development Appropriations Bill.   Senate Report 112-75  accompanies  H.R. 2354 and provides the committee’s funding and policy recommendations of  subcommittee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and her colleagues.  This FYI excerpts selections from the 15  pages in this report pertaining to the National Nuclear Security Administration  (NNSA). Readers are urged to consult the report for all of the language  regarding a particular program.