DOE - Office Of Science

Last week’s approval by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee of a reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act was fully expected.  Expected too – with only minor exception – were the straight party line recorded votes on unsuccessful amendments to the bill and its final passage sending it to the House floor.

27 Apr 2015

Yesterday the full House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  The House is scheduled to consider this bill next week.

23 Apr 2015

Tomorrow morning the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee will meet to approve its FY 2016 funding bill.  The subcommittee released the text of the draft 58-page bill; the all-important committee report providing detailed funding levels and recommendations for various programs will be released in coming days after the full committee passes the bill.  This report will be reviewed in a future FYI

14 Apr 2015

House appropriators met on March 17 to review the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.  Appearing before the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee were Franklin Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy and Patricia Dehmer, Director of the Office of Science.   Of note were discussions on funding for the Fusion Energy Sciences and Nuclear Physics programs.

24 Mar 2015

Representatives have until Monday, March 16, to sign a letter in support of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.  The letter urges Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee to “to make strong and sustained funding for the DOE Office of Science one of your highest priorities in fiscal year 2016.”

13 Mar 2015

The Obama Administration has requested an increase of 5.4 percent in the budget for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science in FY 2016.  Under this request, sent to Congress yesterday, the budget would increase from $5,067.7 million to $5,339.8 million.

Senior officials were upbeat in their presentations about the Office of Science request, as well as that for the Department as a whole.  DOE’s total budget would increase 9.2 percent, or $2,521.4 million from $27,402.4 million to $29,923.8 million.

3 Feb 2015

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle.  The House and Senate are scheduled to consider a $1.1trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.

11 Dec 2014

There are encouraging signs that the FY 2015 appropriations cycle is moving toward its conclusion.  The House leadership is scheduled to bring legislation to the floor next week that would provide new funding through the end of this fiscal year for all but the Department of Homeland Security.  While votes are still being rounded up for its passage in the House, Senate leadership and the White House have signaled their general support for the approach taken in framing this omnibus funding bill.

4 Dec 2014


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