Department of Energy

Audrey Schultz and Ryan Coyle

Background

Secretary: Dr. Ernest Moniz, Professor of Physics and Engineering at MIT

Reason created: Creation and Design of Atomic Bombs, as well a loose knit amalgamation of energy-related programs scattered through out the Federal government.

Purpose

"The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions."


The Department of Energy works to help our environment use our materials wisely and in a cheap and efficient way to enhance safety and cleanliness of our planet and citizens. They set boundaries for the way the country uses energy in education, science, technology, and the military, such as nuclear weaponry.

Budget Cuts

Original Budget Amount: $32,500,000,000

9.2% Cut: $2,990,000,000

New Budget Amount: $29,510,000,000

National Nuclear Security Administration

Original Budget Request: $12,884,000,000

Budget Cut Amount: $1,185,328,000

New Budget Amount: $11,698,672,000


Justification: This department will face a cut of $1,185,328,000 total. The cut will be split evenly in this department between the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation sub-department and the Weapons Activities sub-department, each losing $592,664,000.

New DOE Mandatory Funding

Original Budget Request: $32,498,955,000

Budget Cut Amount: $2,989,903,860

New Budget Amount: $29,509,051,140


Justification: Although this says Mandatory Funding, it is more a want than an actual need. These cuts will lessen the amount of money given towards benefits for employees, and the containment of slightly radioactive materials. Although both of these things are important, these cuts are large and our money is better spent elsewhere.

Office of Science

Original Budget Request: $5,572,069,000

Budget Cut Amount: $512,630,348

New Budget Amount: $5,059,438,652


Justification: Since all of the programs within this department are equally important, cuts in this department will be distributed equally to research programs, grants, isotope safety funding, and transportation of radioactive materials.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Original Budget Request: $2,898,400,000

Budget Cut Amount: $266,652,800

New Budget Amount: $2,631,747,200


Justification: The Solar Power Act of 2012 has lowered the prices of solar panels, so that it will encourage people to use them, however it is taking up too much of the government's money, so the prices will have to go back up. The DOE is also working a thermometer to measure Earth's extreme core temperatures, but this is not a necessity to live safely, so this program will also be cut.

Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

Original Budget Request: $262,300,000

Budget Cut Amount: $24,131,600

New Budget Amount: $238,168,400


Justification: There has been research on how to store energy in more efficient ways, such as in capsules, or other new sources, which can be helpful, but we feel that there are better uses of this money.

Fossil Energy

Original Budget Request: $638,450,000

Budget Cut Amount: $58,737,400

New Budget Amount: $579,712,600


Justification: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was given $3.4 trillion, so we believe that this is enough money, and it would be okay to cut $58 million from this program.

Office of Nuclear Energy

Original Budget Request: 993,896,000

Budget Cut Amount: $91,438,432

New Budget Amount: $902,457,568


Justification: There is a program that is working on new naval reactors for oceanic conflict, called the Ohio Replacement Reactor System and the S&G System. Although these programs are important, we feel that they could be cut, seeing as how our Navy has not bee extremely active in the past few years.

Office of Indian Energy Policty & Programs

Original Budget Request: $22,930,000

Budget Cut Amount: $2,109,560

New Budget Amount: $20,820,440


Justification: Mostly all of today's Indian reservations have sadly already been moved into or taken care of by this and other departments, so it's budget needs are decreasing every year. At this point, there is not much left to fund.

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

Original Budget Request: $350,000,000

Budget Cut Amount: $32,200,000

New Budget Amount: $317,800,000


Justification: Since this department doe start off with so much money, it will not make a huge impact to take away 9.2%. The SunShot Initiative is getting money from both this department as well as the Office of Efficient Energy and Renewable Energy, so that will be the main program to face budget cuts in this department.

Environmental Management

Original Budget Request: $5,445,350,000

Budget Cut Amount: 500,972,200

New Budget Amount: $4,994,377,800


Justification: This department is mainly just to keep the roads clean, and there are not really any smaller programs within this, so the cuts will affect the whole sub-department, not single parts.

Chie Information Officer

Original Budget Request: $93,074,000

Budget Cut Amount: 8,562,808

New Budget Amount: $84,511,192


Justification: The Chief Information Officer does not really include programs, it is simply a department that employs people to tell other departments what to do, so the only cuts in this department would be to the payment of the employees, which is inconvenient, but ultimately the best option to keep the Department of Energy running efficiently.

Office of Management

Original Budget Request: $59,114,000

Budget Cut Amount: $4,729,000

New Budget Amount: 54,284,880


Justification: The Office of Management does not really include programs, it is simply a department that employs people to tell other departments what to do, so the only cuts in this department would be to the payment of the employees, which is inconvenient, but ultimately the best option to keep the Department of Energy running efficiently.

Office of Inspector General

Original Budget Request: $44,414,000

Budget Cut Amount: $3,553,920

New Budget Amount: $40,870,080


Justification: The Office of Inspector General is in charge of inspections, but for the safety of everyone, there will not be cuts to this area. Luckily, the Office of Inspector General also deals with internship and employment opportunities. The cuts in this area will go to employee wage cuts, as well as not hiring a many workers to cut down the amount of money spent on worker payment.