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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.

27 Apr 2010

Appropriators will start drafting FY 2011 funding bills in coming weeks.  The Senate Budget Committee approved a spending and revenue blueprint last week, and the House leadership is deciding about what its next action should be.  Hearings have been held in House and Senate  committees on various physics-related budget requests.

7 Apr 2010

“As I stated last year in Prague, so long as nuclear weapons exist, we will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal that guarantees the defense of the United States, reassures allies and partners, and deters potential adversaries.  To that end, we are seeking substantial investments to improve infrastructure, strengthen science and technology, and retain the human capital we need to sustain our stockpile, while also strengthening the conventional capabilities that are an important part of our deterrent.

19 Mar 2010

Key House appropriators had many questions at yesterday’s hearing of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee about energy R&D programs within the Department of Energy.  Even though it has been about a year since DOE first proposed the Energy Innovation Hubs, there is concern that the research conducted by the Hubs, Energy Frontier Research Centers, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) may be, in the words of Subcommittee Chairman Ed Pastor (D-AZ), “redundant.”

12 Mar 2010

Important efforts are underway in the House of Representatives to demonstrate Member support for the DOE Office of Science and the National Science Foundation.  Constituent expressions of interest will be important to the success of these efforts.

“Dear Colleague” letters are a time-tested method for representatives and senators to show their support for a federal program or pending legislation.  Two “Dear colleagues” are circulating among representatives requesting signatures on letters that will be sent to key appropriators.

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."

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