Dept. of Energy

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

To succeed in the global market place we need to  develop not only our mines, but also our minds.”  This observation by David Sandalow, who is  the Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International  Affairs, aptly summarizes the major conclusion from a hearing on energy  critical materials.  The hearing was held  to examine issues regarding the future availability of energy critical  materials, including a report by the American Physical Society’s Panel on  Public Affairs and the Materials Research Society entitled

1 Feb 2012

With one important exception, there was little discussion about the DOE Office of Science when Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testified at two hearings of the House and Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittees.  Most of the questions addressed to Moniz concerned the programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration, energy production, and the construction management of large DOE projects. 

23 Apr 2014

This morning President Obama announced his intention to nominate Ernest Moniz to be the next secretary of energy. Describing Moniz as a “brilliant scientist,” the President lauded Moniz for his work at the Department of Energy and MIT, adding “Ernie knows that we can produce more energy and grow our economy while still taking care of our air, our water, and our climate.”

4 Mar 2013

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced his plan to return to “an academic life of teaching and research” at the end of this month, and may possibly stay until a new secretary takes over. President Obama has not named a successor.

5 Feb 2013

A fourteen-page document released by the Department of Energy on January 11 continues to build on a path forward for the management and disposal of the nation’s civilian and defense nuclear waste. This is important reading for anyone concerned about the future of nuclear energy in the United States.

24 Jan 2013

After Congress returns on January 6 it will need to vote on legislation to fund the operations of the federal government through September 30.  The staffs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will be working through the holiday recess to have final legislation ready for a vote in the House and Senate.  Current funding expires on January 15.

23 Dec 2013

The Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a November 13 hearing to discuss research activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Topics of discussion at the hearing included transparency in grant review, technology transfer, open access, and federal investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.  Members were interested to hear witnesses comment on a discussion draft of the Frontie

18 Nov 2013

Last week House Science, Space and Technology Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) circulated a Democratic discussion draft of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2013.  The draft bill reauthorizes the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 and includes sections on government wide science; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity; the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); innovation; and the Department of Energy (DOE).

8 Nov 2013


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