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Nuclear Energy & Weapons

Given the central role that physical scientists have traditionally played in the history of nuclear energy and weapons, FYI covers major developments in nuclear energy and weapons policy, particularly as they relate to ongoing science policy matters.

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."

20 Dec 2011

Congress  and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill.  H.R.

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.

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

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.” 

23 Feb 2011

The  Administration has requested a 5.1 percent or $568.2 million increase for the  National Nuclear Security Administration for FY 2012.  Under this request, funding would increase  from the FY 2011 Administration request of $11,214.8 million to $11,782.9  million. 

An  FY 2011 appropriation bill has not been passed for the NNSA.  However, the Department of Energy has based  its comparisons on the FY 2011 request, and not on the FY 2010 appropriation.

14 Jul 2014

The House of Representatives has completed work on the appropriations bill funding the Department of Energy in Fiscal Year 2015.  The $34 billion bill was passed last Thursday night by a vote of 253-170. 

11 Dec 2012

The  Senate has completed its consideration of S. 3254, its version of the National  Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013.  One  title of this bill authorizes the atomic energy defense activities of the  Department of Energy.  In addition to  language regarding specific programs of the National Nuclear Security  Administration, accompanying Senate Report 112-173 contained the following language:

“Independence  of the National Nuclear Security Administration

9 Nov 2012

“Unacceptable  and inexcusable” was how National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator  Thomas D’Agostino described a July 28 incursion at the Y-12 National Security  Complex.  D’Agostino was one of four  Department of Energy witnesses, and a witness from the Government  Accountability Office (GAO), testifying at a House hearing reviewing the  management of the nuclear weapons complex. The ramifications of this incident  are likely to be long-lasting, going far beyond security upgrades at NNSA  facilities.

20 Jul 2012

“We  must find a way out of this mess.  Our  nuclear deterrent requires an effective and efficient steward.”  So concluded Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio),  chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic  Forces at a recent hearing on the nation’s nuclear security enterprise.

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