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In mid-April, the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) met to review the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Detailed Design Report. At this meeting, and in a report now available at http://wwwofe.er.doe/gov/ the committee gave the Department of Energy a green light to proceed, perhaps accompanied by an occasional flashing yellow light.

9 May 1997

In a move catching everyone by surprise, President Clinton nominated Federico Pena to be the next Secretary of Energy. Pena, now Transportation Secretary, appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on January 30 for his confirmation hearing. If history is a guide, Pena will be confirmed as the next Secretary of Energy.

14 Jan 1997

In a move catching everyone by surprise, President Clinton nominated Federico Pena to be the next Secretary of Energy. Pena, now Transportation Secretary, appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on January 30 for his confirmation hearing. If history is a guide, Pena will be confirmed as the next Secretary of Energy.

14 Jan 1997

When the 106th Congress begins in January, Rep. Ron Packard (R-California) will take over the chairmanship of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee from the retiring Joseph McDade (R-Pennsylvania). The Energy and Water Development Subcommittee drafts the budget for DOE's civilian science programs, including high energy and nuclear physics, fusion, and the department's scientific user facilities.

4 Dec 1998

"The U.S. elementary-particle physics community has been redefining its future in the wake of the SSC cancellation and learning the lessons inherent in its demise. This report is part of that process." --Committee on Elementary-Particle Physics

10 Mar 1998

As reported in FYI #33, at a February 18-19 meeting of DOE's High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP), Subpanel Chairman Fred Gilman presented his group's recommendations for the future of the High Energy Physics program over the next decade. The report considers three funding scenarios over the ten-year period: a constant-level-of- effort case, where the budget keeps abreast of inflation; a modest decrease in funding; and a modest increase in funding.

24 Feb 1998

Below are details about the Department of Energy's FY 1999 budget request for Fusion Energy Sciences and Basic Energy Sciences. (Note: As always in comparing budgets from year to year, some funding changes may result from items being shifted to different accounts.) Quotes are taken from the DOE FY 1999 Congressional Budget Request "Budget Highlights" document.

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5 Feb 1998

At the DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) meeting on January 22, Director of Energy Research Martha Krebs discussed her FY 1999 priorities for the Office of Energy Research (OER) and gave some early indications of the budget request for fusion. It was unfortunate, she remarked, that FESAC met before President Clinton's February 2 budget submission to Congress, and "just before I can be totally open" about the details of the request. She stated, however, that fusion funding was likely to remain basically level with the FY 1998 appropriation.

27 Jan 1998

"Anyone who wants to close off our labs will have to go through me -- and I never give in."-- Energy Secretary Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson is a tough negotiator, having dealt with a myriad of sensitive problems around the world. Now he has a new problem that is about a fifteen minute walk from his office legislation just introduced in Congress to close Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories to individuals from "sensitive countries."

29 Apr 1999

FYI #14 provided an overview of the FY 2000 budget request for the Department of Energy. Below are excerpts from DOE's "Budget Highlights" document, describing details of the request for the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and Fusion Energy Sciences programs. BES funding will go up significantly, largely because of an increase for construction of the Spallation Neutron Source. BES also would receive some new money for presidential initiatives on information technology and climate change technology.

3 Feb 1999

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