DOE - Office Of Science

Senate appropriators have released their draft committee report accompanying the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  This bill was scheduled for action by the full Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-June, but was pulled from consideration because of concerns about an expected amendment to the bill to restrict EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.  No new date has been scheduled.

29 Jul 2014

“Fusion energy is the sort of high-risk, high-reward research that will benefit future generations if we are bold enough to pursue it,” said House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) at a recent hearing on the ITER fusion program.  Contrasting with the tenor of reports about the governance and construction management of the high profile fusion science project, the ninety minute hearing focusing on ITER was upbeat with strong support voiced by both Republicans and Democrats.

25 Jul 2014

Congress and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill. H.R. 2055 combines nine funding bills, and is accompanied by House Report 112-331. This 1,385 page report contains the bill language and a second section with the appropriators’ recommendations. The following is a selection of the report’s recommendations for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, starting on page 853.

20 Dec 2011

On  Wednesday the full House Appropriations Committee approved, on a largely party  line basis, its version of an FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations  Bill.  This bill provides funding for the  Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and several independent  agencies.

17 Jun 2011

The following are selected highlights from FYI in 2009.  Note that the month refers to the FYI publication date; see the archive for individual issues.

6 Jan 2010

Frank Rusco, Director of Natural Resources and Environment at  the Government Accountability Office (GAO), recently drafted a report on the  Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s (SC) use of a multilayered  process for prioritizing research.  This  February 2012 report, prepared for Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking  Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Senate  Appropriations Committee, reviewed SC’s research priorities, explained how  those priorities were established, and offered a description of the  coordination between SC and other federal ag

9 Apr 2012

Yesterday’s  hearing of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations’ Subcommittee  on the Department of Energy’s FY 2013 request for the Office of Science had a  mixed outcome.  While the subcommittee  has traditionally been a strong supporter of the Office of Science, with  Members reaffirming their support at this hearing, they raised many questions  about the formulation and composition of the budget request.

21 Mar 2012

“Investing  in science and innovation to promote our nation’s economic prosperity” and “Accelerating  the transformation of America’s energy system and securing U.S.

15 Feb 2012

Office  of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren got right to the point in  the first minute of his briefing yesterday on the FY 2013 R&D and STEM education  requests.  Said Holdren:

“We  think, and the President thinks, that it is absolutely key to the country’s  future to continue to make these investments in research and development and  STEM education in order to have the sort of future that I think all Americans  want and expect.”

He  continued, referring to President Barack Obama, stating:

14 Feb 2012

The House of Representatives has completed work on the appropriations bill funding the Department of Energy in Fiscal Year 2015.  The $34 billion bill was passed last Thursday night by a vote of 253-170. 

14 Jul 2014


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