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17 Dec 2015

The annual spending legislation for FY 2016 would increase spending at the Department of Energy Office of Science by 5.6 percent over FY 2015 levels and provide direction on matters including the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, next-generation supercomputing, climate modeling, and a slew of physical sciences facilities and projects.

 
23 Nov 2015

The Secretaries of Energy and Interior jointly announced the establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which will preserve and protect key sites that contributed to the research and development of the first nuclear bombs and also laid the groundwork for the national laboratory system and the Department of Energy itself

 
9 Nov 2015

Newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan brings a record of leading a bipartisan budget effort that provided relief from spending cuts at the science agencies, although he has also proposed multiple federal budgets that would have imposed cuts to discretionary spending, from which R&D is funded. In some cases, he has opposed federal support for science facilities and areas of research he believes are wasteful, at risk of mismanagement, or not government’s proper role.

29 Oct 2015

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to consider six of President Obama’s nominees for leadership positions at the Department of Energy and Department of Interior, including Cherry Murray to be Director of the DOE Office of Science.

 
8 Oct 2015

Earlier today the Senate blocked itself from considering the FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  A motion to proceed with the bill’s consideration on the Senate floor that required 60 votes failed by a vote of 49 yes to 47 no votes.  Votes in favor were all cast by Republicans, with one exception; four Republicans joined Democratic senators voting against proceeding on the bill.

 
18 Sep 2015

"The QTR makes clear that we have the technological know-how and innovative spirit to move to a low-carbon economy.  It’s up to us to carry these opportunities through and make them a reality” said Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren last week when releasing the 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review.

 
1 Sep 2015

On July 30, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved, by a bipartisan vote of 18 to 4, omnibus energy policy legislation that contains a number of sections relating to science.

 
17 Jul 2015

Although last month’s hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy was low-key in nature and less than ninety minutes long, it demonstrated considerable support for the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation Hubs. 

 
10 Jul 2015

On July 8, the Department of Energy (DOE) hosted the second in its series of five National Lab Days on Capitol Hill.  The National Lab Days are a relatively new education and outreach effort organized by the DOE Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs on a semi-annual basis to highlight the national laboratory system as a cornerstone of the U.S. innovation ecosystem. 

 
2 Jul 2015

Last month the Atomic Heritage Foundation convened a two-day conference in Washington to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project.   On the second day of this conference participants heard from several speakers about the Manhattan Project National Historic Park that will be established next year.

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