Energy and Water Development Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2012, Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, May 4, 2011   [open pdf - 215KB]

This is the May 4, 2011 hearing "Energy and Water Development Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2012" held before a Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Dianne Feinstein: "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee's oversight hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) fiscal year 2012 budget request. NNSA has requested $11.8 billion for fiscal year 2012. It is an increase of $1.1 billion, or 10.2 percent, more than the fiscal year 2011 level. I think in a sense, they are an endangered species because they are probably the only one, Senator Alexander, that is going to get this kind of a raise. I noted all of the smiles on their faces when they came into the room. This is, in fact, the largest increase to NNSA since it was established 11 years ago. This increase also follows another record-breaking increase of $813 million, or 8.2 percent, in fiscal year 2011. Based on the 2012 budget request, NNSA's budget would grow by about $2 billion over 2 years. […] NNSA has a long history of underestimating budget needs and increasing cost projections because of design schedule, design changes, and schedule delays. If the costs for these facilities increase further, I am concerned that it could harm higher-priority missions, such as life-extension programs and increased weapon surveillance. NNSA must demonstrate to the Congress that it can effectively manage these complex projects and complete them on time and on budget."

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