Department of Energy

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%

11 Feb 1997

Bill Nearing Completion House and Senate conferees are due to meet tomorrow to wrap up the FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for FY 2001. Although there are favorable rumors about more money being made available to the conferees to work with, there is nothing definite.

19 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.

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

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