The following is additional material from the recently released Senate Appropriations Committee report accompanying the FY 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. See FYI #79 for funding and program recommendations for the Office of Science.
OFFICE OF SCIENCE - JOINT DARK ENERGY MISSION:
The final version of Senate Appropriations Committee Report 111-228 added this sentence to the Office of Science language under High Energy Physics:
“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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.”