DOE - Office Of Science

The Department of Energy's Office of Science has released a Strategic Plan for the next twenty years. Complementing the twenty year facilities plan issued last November (see http://www.aip.org/enews/fyi/2003/150.html) the two reports chart the course that the Office of Science intends to pursue in the next two decades.

9 Mar 2004

"It's pretty obvious, it won't be a bed of roses,"the powerful chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee warned at a sobering hearing on Wednesday. Senator Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) was describing the outlook on the budget for the Department of Energy's Office of Science and other DOE science programs, and, more generally, other discretionary spending for FY 2005.

5 Mar 2004

A total of $3,431.7 million was requested for the Department of Energy's Office of Science in President Bush's FY 2005 budget request. This represents a reduction of 2.0%, or $68.5 million, from FY 2004 funding of $3,500.2 million. However, according to Office of Science Director Ray Orbach, the cut reflects the elimination of $140.7 million in congressionally-directed earmarks in the FY 2004 appropriation for Biological and Environmental Research, which were not included in the FY 2005 request.

6 Feb 2004

“The Secretary [of Energy] shall conduct a coordinated research program to develop exascale computing systems to advance the missions of the Department” states H.R. 2495, the American Super Computing Leadership Act.   The House passed this legislation last week by voice vote and sent it onto the Senate. 

16 Sep 2014

"This is real . . . we've got a project on our hands."- DOE Office of Science Director Ray Orbach

28 Jun 2005

The Senate Appropriations Committee has sent its FY 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill to the floor. Senate Report 109-084 accompanying H.R. 2419 includes a strong statement regarding the government funding of the physical sciences, and provides the committee's recommendations for various physics-related programs.

23 Jun 2005

This week's meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) gave senior officials of the DOE Office of Science an opportunity to comment on the FY 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill that was recently passed by the House. Office of Science Director Ray Orbach was obviously pleased with the House bill that contained a 1.8% or $66.2 million increase in the Office of Science budget, but advised committee members, "don't spend it yet."

9 Jun 2005

The House Appropriations Committee has sent to the House floor its version of the FY 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. H.R. 2419 provides an increase of 1.8% or $66.2 million for the Office of Science. Under this legislation, the Office of Science budget would increase from $3,599.9 million this year to $3,666.1 million in FY 2006.

20 May 2005

"We encourage you to significantly increase fiscal year 2006 funding for the DOE Office of Science above the level appropriated in fiscal year 2005"wrote 121 Members of the House of Representatives in a letter just sent to two key appropriators. The letter is very timely, as the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to act on its version of the FY 2006 funding bill tomorrow, May 12.

11 May 2005

More than two-thirds of U.S. senators have signed a letter recommending an increase of 3.2% in the FY 2006 DOE Office of Science budget. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) were joined by 66 of their colleagues in signing a letter to Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-NM) and the subcommittee's Ranking Member Harry Reid (D-NV) advocating a $3.715 billion budget for the Office of Science.

3 May 2005

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