Department of Energy

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.

8 Sep 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.

24 May 2000

Senate FY 2001 Dept. Of Energy Bill When Congress returns next month it will have much work to do to on the FY 2001 appropriations bills before it can recess for the year. Two bills of particular concern to the physics community are the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill, which has not yet been written by the Senate subcommittee because of money problems, and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, which has not gone to the Senate floor.

9 Aug 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.

28 Jun 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.

25 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."

7 Apr 2000

Department of Energy "Strength Through Science" was the theme of the $18.9 billion FY 2001 budget request announced by Energy Secretary Bill Richardson on February 7. "Based on news stories last year, some people may think that the Department is solely a national security agency," Richardson remarked. "But the fact is that the Department of Energy is at its heart a science agency. Forty percent, or $7.6 billion, of the FY 2001 budget request is for research and development....

9 Feb 2000

As reported in FYI #136, the Department of Energy has decided to
construct the B-factory at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
This decision implements an April 1992 recommendation of the High
Energy Physics Advisory Panel to construct a B-factory, and follows
a joint DOE and National Science Foundation study of competing SLAC
and Cornell University proposals.

14 Oct 1993

The Senate acted on a number of important science funding bills
this week.  They include:

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY:

The Superconducting Super Collider received some good news this
week.  Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 29-0 to
approve H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations
bill for fiscal year 1994.  The bill contains the full
administration request for the SSC -- $640 million.  No attempt was
made to delete funding for the collider during the committee's
consideration of the bill.

24 Sep 1993

On Thursday, June 24, the House of Representatives will vote on
H.R. 2445, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for
fiscal year 1994.  Accompanying this bill is a 162-page report
spelling out the House Appropriations Committee's recommendations
on spending.  This and other FYIs provide selections from the
committee's report of interest to the physics community.

FUSION:

Current funding:              $339,710,000
Administration request:        347,595,000
House committee bill:          347,595,000

23 Jun 1993

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