Dept. of Energy

The FY 2013 appropriations process moved into a new  phase with the drafting of several appropriations bills providing significant  support for physics and related research programs.

20 Apr 2012

Frank Rusco, Director of Natural Resources and Environment at  the Government Accountability Office (GAO), recently drafted a report on the  Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s (SC) use of a multilayered  process for prioritizing research.  This  February 2012 report, prepared for Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking  Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Senate  Appropriations Committee, reviewed SC’s research priorities, explained how  those priorities were established, and offered a description of the  coordination between SC and other federal ag

9 Apr 2012

Energy  Secretary Steven Chu appeared before the Senate Energy and Water Development  Appropriations Subcommittee on March 14.   Appropriators were generally receptive to the FY 2013 request for the  Department of Energy, and in many cases spoke of their desire to see it play a  more active role in several areas.

26 Mar 2012

With  every initiative the Department undertakes, sound science is at the core.”  So states an FY 2012 Department of Energy  budget document submitted to Congress.   Under the request, the budget for the Department of Energy would  increase by 11.8 percent or $3.1 billion, as compared to the FY 2010 current  appropriation level, to $29.5 billion.  Funding  for the Office of Science would increase by 9.1 percent.  The Administration is requesting $550.0  million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy.

22 Feb 2011

The House of Representatives has completed work on the appropriations bill funding the Department of Energy in Fiscal Year 2015.  The $34 billion bill was passed last Thursday night by a vote of 253-170. 

14 Jul 2014

The  subject of the April 18 hearing in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation was “Budget and Spending Concerns at DOE [Department of Energy].”  This hearing highlighted the tensions between  Republicans and Democrats on issues surrounding the DOE’s budget.

At  a time when the president is requesting an increase in funding for DOE’s  renewable energy programs, can anyone at DOE certify that there is no redundancy  among these 92 initiatives,” questioned Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL).

11 May 2012

The  House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the  FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bills. Below are selections  from these reports regarding the programs of the Office of Science.  Language within each report stands, unless  there is a conflict that will be resolved in the final conference report.  This final conference report will also  resolve differences in recommended funding levels.

8 May 2012

The FY 2013 appropriations process moved into a new  phase with the drafting of several appropriations bills providing significant  support for physics and related research programs.

20 Apr 2012

Last week the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  In several sections of the committee’s report accompanying this bill the appropriations take a strong position on the Obama Administration’s policy regarding the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

23 Jun 2014

At last week’s hearing of the House Energy Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on the report by the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) entered into the record a letter by Malcolm Beasley, President of the American Physical Society (APS).  The APS is a Member Society of the American Institute of Physics.

18 Jun 2014

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