Dept. of Energy

What priority does science have at the Department of Energy? What are DOE's science goals, and how should the Department measure its progress in reaching these goals? A newly-released Department of Energy Strategic Plan answers these and many other questions.

17 Nov 2000

A new report by the Department of Energy (DOE) recommends a strategy for the permanent underground disposal of defense high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel.  Under this plan, waste material from atomic energy defense activities would be placed in a separate mined depository or deep boreholes. 

13 Nov 2014

Inertial Confinement Fusion Fusion research is funded in two different parts of the Department of Energy's budget. FYI #73 provided the committee report (H.Rpt. 106-693) language for the fusion energy science component of H.R. 4733, which is a program under the department's Office of Science. Inertial confinement fusion funding is in the weapons activities part of the bill. The report language on inertial confinement fusion, including an important condition regarding future funding for the National Ignition Facility, follows.

27 Jun 2000

If all goes as scheduled, the House of Representatives will consider the FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill this week. This legislation, H.R. 4733, provides funding for the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

H.R. 4733 provides more funding than was requested for fusion energy sciences and the total requested funding for the High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics programs. The Basic Energy Sciences program took a major hit, primarily in the reduction from the requested level of funding for the Spallation Neutron Source.

26 Jun 2000

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was scheduled to vote on his nomination on February 26, with the full Senate to vote after that. Reports indicate that this vote was delayed, in part, because of an impasse between Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK) and the administration over nuclear waste storage. In anticipation of Senate approval, Pena appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 5 to share his views on DOE's national security mission.

25 Feb 1997

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

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