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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.

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.

24 Jan 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.

16 Jan 2013

As previously explained, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013 into law.  This legislation provides policy and budget guidance for the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).  It does not provide the actual funding, which is contained in the yet to be enacted FY 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. 

23 Dec 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.

26 Feb 2013

“There is nothing more important in our committee’s jurisdiction than your mission,” said House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) at the conclusion of a two-hour hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA.)  This hearing, the first by the subcommittee this year, reaffirmed the subcommittee’s bipartisanship, both in its support of the NNSA and in shared concerns about the aging of the weapons stockpile, the need to modernize the complex, and cost overruns.

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