At a recent meeting, the Director of DOE's Office of Science, Ray Orbach, announced that the final 20-year strategic plan for his Office will contain 29 of the 53 facilities projects recommended by the office's advisory committees. At the May 28 meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC), Orbach also shared his thoughts on the importance of getting authorizing legislation for his office passed, and on the quality of DOE science.

6 Jun 2003

There is growing consensus among House and Senate members and the Bush Administration that the United States should move toward the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, particularly in the transportation sector. Recent hearings revealed significant support for increased spending for federally-sponsored research on hydrogen energy, with this support cutting across political and ideological lines.

4 Jun 2003

Ray Orbach's comments on the future of fusion energy to the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee could not have been more positive. Orbach, director of the DOE Office of Science, praised the committee for a "superb job," saying that the last eight months during which a development consensus has been arrived at, have been "extraordinary." Orbach charted a path forward for the development of fusion energy, albeit while operating under a very tight budget.

17 Mar 2003

At one of the first, if not the first, advisory committee meetings since the release of the FY 2004 budget request for the DOE Office of Science, its director, Ray Orbach, described the "superb" support there is for his office's programs, while acknowledging that funding is not sufficient. Orbach's comments came yesterday, the first day of a two-day meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC), chaired by Geri Richmond of the University of Oregon.

26 Feb 2003

DOE's Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) staff and members of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) spent a day and a half this month looking ahead at the future of BES facilities and fields. They discussed how to ensure that new facilities get started off on the right foot and that the office stays on top of trends, changes and advances in science and in the conduct of research. At the August 5-6 meeting, BES Director Pat Dehmer called on the committee to take a broad look at what grand challenges lie ahead for the energy sciences.

26 Aug 2004

"We should seize the moment and embrace the challenges,"a study committee told the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) in a report issued in Washington on April 19. This unprecedented 20-page document responds to a request by senior Department of Energy and National Science Foundation officials for a report "which will illuminate the issues, and provide the funding and science policy agencies with a clear picture of the connected, complementary experimental approaches to the truly exciting scientific questions of this century."

4 May 2004

When Congress returns to work next week it will immediately confront legislation left over from last year. Seven major appropriations bills remain stuck in the Senate that would provide FY 2004 funding for science-related programs such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Department of Education's Math-Science Partnership Program. The energy policy bill, which contains strong authorization numbers for the DOE Office of Science, is bogged down.

14 Jan 2004

President George Bush today signed H.R. 6, The Energy Policy Act of 2005. Among the provisions of this 1,725 page bill are provisions providing spending caps for the Department of Energy's Office of Science for Fiscal Years 2007, 2008 and 2009. The conference report, 109-190, elevates the position of the director of the Office of Science, and contains language regarding several physics programs (fusion, Spallation Neutron Source, and Rare Isotope Accelerator) within the Office of Science.

8 Aug 2005

One day before the inauguration of President Bush, Samuel Bodman was on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Bodman, currently Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, has been nominated by President Bush to become the new secretary of the Department of Energy (see

21 Jan 2005

Energy Under Secretary for Science Ray Orbach touched on many subjects during his briefing last week to the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. While most related to ITER and other fusion-related topics, he was emphatic on a central point pertaining to all projects under his watch: "The Office of Science will not have cost overruns."

23 Jul 2007


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