ARPA–E Act - H.R.5906

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"To amend the America COMPETES Act to establish Department of Energy policy for Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, and for other purposes"
Primary sponsors: 
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Latest major action: 
House passed H.R.5906 by voice vote
Summary of provisions
  • Provides the first congressional reauthorization of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy since 2010
  • Revises the mission of ARPA–E beyond energy technology to encompass "transformative science and technology solutions to address energy, environmental, economic, and national security challenges"
  • Directs ARPA–E to coordinate with other Department of Energy programs to avoid duplication of effort
  • Shields proprietary information of organizations and companies funded by ARPA–E from public records requests
  • Requires ARPA–E to develop "strategic vision roadmaps" and to undergo a National Academies evaluation within three years
Actions on the House bill: 
House passed bill by voice vote
June 27, 2018
House Science Committee approved bill
May 23, 2018
Bill introduced
May 22, 2018