Dept. of Energy

There were significant areas of disagreement in the approaches taken to nuclear weapons programs in the initial House and Senate versions of the FY 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. These differences have been resolved, resulting in the compromise language found in the conference report accompanying H.R. 2419.

11 Nov 2005

One of the more notable areas of disagreement between the House and Senate versions of the FY 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill was the disposal of civilian nuclear waste.

10 Nov 2005

The Department of Energy's Office of Science will receive a 0.9% increase in its total budget for FY 2006. Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairmen Pete Domenici (R-NM) and David Hobson (R-OH) and their colleagues have completed work on their FY 2006 funding bill, H.R. 2419. This bill has been approved by the House, and is awaiting action on the Senate floor.

10 Nov 2005

The Bush Administration and the Senate have agreed with the position of Rep. David Hobson (R-OH) and his House colleagues to eliminate research funding for the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP) in the FY 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill.

Hobson is the chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee. The subcommittee's FY 2004 and FY 2005 bills did not provide RNEP (or "Bunker Buster") research funding, a position supported by the full House last year and this year.

26 Oct 2005

The following letter from DOE Office of Science Director Ray Orbach was received yesterday afternoon:

September 8, 2005

Dear Colleagues,

The devastating loss of life and suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina has shocked and saddened us all. Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihood.

9 Sep 2005

"Both the Senate and the House have expressed their confidence in you, the scientific community,"Under Secretary for Science Ray Orbach told the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee on August 3. Orbach made a number of important points during his 45-minute presentation about the FY 2007 appropriations outlook, his new position, how basic and applied research programs at the Department will improve their communications and coordination in the future, and ITER.

7 Aug 2006

Ray Orbach has completed testifying before House and Senate appropriators about the 14.1% requested budget increase for the Department of Energy's Office of Science. During two morning hearings last week before House and Senate Energy and Water Development Subcommittee appropriators, Director Orbach heard much praise and little or no criticism about the FY 2007 request. While these hearings are not money in the bank, they are positive signs about the receptivity of appropriators to the request.

4 Apr 2006

Last year, the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee included language in its FY 2006 report requesting the Department of Energy to submit a report regarding the Rare Isotope Accelerator.

23 Mar 2006

"There is a spectacular future awaiting the United States in plasma science and engineering. But the national framework for plasma science must grow and adapt to new opportunities. Only then will the tremendous potential be realized." So argues a new report just released by the National Academies Plasma 2010 Committee, whose principal conclusion calls for a unified approach to the conduct and support of federal plasma science research in the United States.

5 Jun 2007

An important astronomy and astrophysics study was launched last week that will guide the decisions of Washington policymakers for many years.  "Astro2010" will survey and prioritize  ground-based and space-based astronomy and astrophysics scientific and technical activities for the period of 2010-2020.

11 Dec 2008


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