Department of Energy

26 Jun 2000

If all goes as scheduled, the House of Representatives will consider the FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill this week. This legislation, H.R. 4733, provides funding for the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

H.R. 4733 provides more funding than was requested for fusion energy sciences and the total requested funding for the High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics programs. The Basic Energy Sciences program took a major hit, primarily in the reduction from the requested level of funding for the Spallation Neutron Source.

11 Feb 1997

Request Stressing the dual themes of "fiscal discipline" and science as an investment for future generations, Acting Department of Energy Secretary Charles B. Curtis described, on February 6, DOE's FY 1998 budget request, up 2.6% from the current year. There are four major components of the $16.6 billion "core budget" request:
Environmental Quality - $6.3 billion or 38% of the request
National Security - $5.6 billion or 34%
Science and Technology - $2.5 billion or 15%
Energy Resources - $1.9 billion or 12%

8 Sep 2000

The Department of Energy is now accepting public comment on a "Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Accomplishing Expanded Civilian Nuclear Energy Research and Development and Isotope Production Missions in the United States, Including the Role of the Fast Flux Test Facility." The deadline for comments is September 18, 2000.

24 May 2000

President Clinton has nominated Mildred S. Dresselhaus to be the next Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. Last week, Dresselhaus appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where she was warmly received by committee chairman Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) and other committee members. The next stop in the nomination process is the Senate floor, although when this will happen has yet to be determined.

28 Jun 2000

Within the next few weeks the parameters of the Department of Energy's Office of Science FY 2001 budget will be determined. The House Appropriations Committee bill, H.R. 4733, is poised for floor action. The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee will draft their bill during the second week of July. Once each chamber passes their version of the FY 2001 Energy and Water Development appropriation, the action will shift to a conference committee to write the final bill.

25 Apr 2000

"The appropriations express" is how a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) describes the Senate in May. If all goes as scheduled, appropriations bills funding the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation will be written during the next five weeks. Now is the time to contact your representative and two senators about these funding bills for FY 2001.

7 Apr 2000

"I remain deeply disappointed at the manner in which these problems were handled," Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said in a release issued late last month on the National Ignition Facility. He then added, importantly, "But I am also convinced that the underlying science of the NIF remains sound."


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