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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.

13 Jul 2011

By a vote of 257 “no” to 167 “yes” votes,  the House of Representatives rejected an amendment offered by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to allocate $10 million in  the FY 2012 appropriations bill for the Department of Energy to produce  Pu-238.  This isotope is used to fuel  NASA’s deep space probes.  The Obama  Administration requested $10 million in both the FY 2012 Department of Energy  and NASA budget requests for this cooperative program.

11 Jul 2011

The  Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigated  the Department of Energy’s (DOE) slow response  to the severe shortage of a critical isotope, helium-3, in 2008. GAO found that  unclear stewardship responsibilities and poor coordination between two DOE  offices caused stockpiles of helium-3 to be severely depleted before any  shortage was detected. 

17 Jun 2011

On  Wednesday the full House Appropriations Committee approved, on a largely party  line basis, its version of an FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations  Bill.  This bill provides funding for the  Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and several independent  agencies.

6 Jan 2010

The following are selected highlights from FYI in 2009.  Note that the month refers to the FYI publication date; see the archive for individual issues.

15 May 2012

House  and Senate appropriators have completed work on the FY 2013 Energy and Water  Development Appropriations Bill.  The House   and  Senate   reports contain approximately 57 pages of funding and policy recommendations  for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).   Language  within each report stands, unless there is a conflict that will be resolved in  the final conference report.  This final  conference report

8 May 2012

The  House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the  FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bills. Below are selections  from these reports regarding the programs of the Office of Science.  Language within each report stands, unless  there is a conflict that will be resolved in the final conference report.  This final conference report will also  resolve differences in recommended funding levels.

20 Apr 2012

The FY 2013 appropriations process moved into a new  phase with the drafting of several appropriations bills providing significant  support for physics and related research programs.

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.”