Department of Energy

24 Jan 2013

A fourteen-page document released by the Department of Energy on January 11 continues to build on a path forward for the management and disposal of the nation’s civilian and defense nuclear waste. This is important reading for anyone concerned about the future of nuclear energy in the United States.

23 Dec 2013

After Congress returns on January 6 it will need to vote on legislation to fund the operations of the federal government through September 30.  The staffs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will be working through the holiday recess to have final legislation ready for a vote in the House and Senate.  Current funding expires on January 15.

18 Nov 2013

The Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a November 13 hearing to discuss research activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Topics of discussion at the hearing included transparency in grant review, technology transfer, open access, and federal investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.  Members were interested to hear witnesses comment on a discussion draft of the Frontie

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.

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.

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.

24 Apr 2013

An integral part of the appropriations process are requests that representatives and senators make to the appropriations committees regarding future funding legislation.

22 Apr 2013

A letter is circulating in the Senate urging senators to demonstrate their support for three Department of Energy programs: The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Energy Innovation Hubs, and Energy Frontier Research Centers.


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