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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.

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.

13 Sep 2011

The  Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Energy  and Water Development Appropriations Bill.   Accompanying this bill, H.R.

7 Sep 2011

Yesterday  the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, chaired by  Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), approved its version of the FY 2012 bill funding the  Department of Energy. 

27 Jul 2011

There  were many amendments offered on the floor during the House of Representatives’ recent  consideration of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  Of particular relevance to the physics  community are three amendments that would have reduced the bill’s $4,842.7  million appropriation for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and one  amendment which would have increased funding.   None of the amendments passed: one was withdrawn and the other three  were defeated.  Roll call votes on three  amendments provide a clear indication of a representative’s approa

25 Jul 2011

By  a one vote margin, the House of Representatives agreed to increase ARPA-E  funding by $79.6 million over the original committee version of the FY 2012  Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  Under this amendment offered by Rep. Adam  Schiff (D-CA), ARPA-E funding would be maintained at its current level.

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.