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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.

8 Nov 2013

Last week House Science, Space and Technology Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) circulated a Democratic discussion draft of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2013.  The draft bill reauthorizes the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 and includes sections on government wide science; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity; the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); innovation; and the Department of Energy (DOE).

20 Nov 2013

The  White House recently announced its intention to make nominations for three senior Department of Energy positions: the newly established Under Secretary  for Science and Energy, Director of the Office of Science, and Director of the  Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy.

Under Secretary  for Science and Energy:

Franklin  M. (“Lynn”) Orr, Jr. will be nominated to be the Undersecretary for Science and  Energy.

26 Nov 2013

Last  week’s hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science,  Space, and Technology had twin objectives.   It offered the opportunity for subcommittee members, a senior official  of the DOE Office of Science, and two other witnesses to describe the  importance of the research that the Office supports.  It also gave the Members and witnesses a  chance to offer first comments on a draft discussion bill to authorize programs  and funding levels for the Office of Science in FY 2014 and FY 2015. 

8 Jul 2013

A June 18 hearing in the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee provided Members an opportunity to ask questions to newly appointed Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz regarding research at the Department of Energy (DOE).  Members showed an interest in energy research and development priorities, particularly in the area of climate science.  On the Republican side, Members cast doubts on the human impact on levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere while on the Democratic side, they encouraged Moniz to state, for the record, that the c

2 Jul 2013

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed work on their versions of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.

1 Jul 2013

The House Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.

28 Jun 2013

A May 22 hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy demonstrated bi-partisan enthusiasm for advanced computing technology.

13 Jun 2013

For a second year in a row, Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) questioned the merits of the ITER program because of its projected cost and impact on the domestic fusion program and other research supported by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

17 May 2013

By a vote of 97-0 yesterday, the Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz to be the new Secretary of Energy.

23 Aug 2013

Earlier this month the Senate Appropriations Committee approved S. 1429, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2014.  Accompanying this $594.4 billion bill is Senate Report 113-85 detailing the committee’s budget and policy recommendations.

Title IV of this report, starting on page 144, outlines the committee’s recommendations regarding Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.  The Obama Administration requested $67,520.2 million; the bill provides $65,806.8 million.