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Department of Energy

In covering DOE’s science-related activities, FYI focuses on the Office of Science, including its six program offices and 10 national laboratories. FYI also covers the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy and the science-related activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration, including its three national laboratories.

28 Mar 2014

Tuesday’s afternoon hearing before the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee on the FY 2015 budget request for the Office of Science was very upbeat.  Members were well-informed and enthusiastic about the programs supported by this office.  Left largely unmentioned was the tight budget cap that appropriators will be operating under as the subcommittee moves, Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) said, to mark-up its funding bill “relatively early.”

5 Mar 2014

The Department of Energy released partial information about its FY 2015 budget request yesterday afternoon.  Overall funding for the department would increase 2.6 percent under the Administration’s request.  The budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) would increase 4.0 percent.

5 Mar 2014

The Department of Energy released partial information about its FY 2015 budget request yesterday afternoon.  Overall funding for the department would increase 2.6 percent under the Administration’s request.  The budget for the Office of Science would increase 0.9 percent.

10 Feb 2014

“The Office of Science anticipates that applications for new and renewal grants and cooperative agreements will be awarded at reduced success rates over the next three to five years.  After this transition period, success rates should return to historic norms.”  So writes Patricia Dehmer, Acting Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science in a January 29 memorandum to Office of Science Grant and Cooperative Agreement Applicants and Recipients.

16 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  On Monday evening the text of an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December.  The omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, was passed by the House yesterday by a wide margin, is now being considered by Senate, and will be sent to President Obama within the next few days.

14 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  Yesterday evening the text of an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December.  The omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, is expected to pass the House and Senate and sent to President Obama within the next few days.

4 Mar 2013

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.”

5 Feb 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.

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