Budget Hearing - Department of Energy, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 2, 2014   [open pdf - 397KB]

This testimony compilation is from the April 2, 2014 hearing on the Department of Energy's FY 2015 budget held before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Mike Simpson: "Secretary Moniz, it's good to see you again, and welcome to your first hearing before the subcommittee. You've taken over the Department at a challenging time. Your institution is critical for the security of this nation, and it holds great promise for improving the livelihood and prosperity of our economy. It helps answer some of the most basic questions regarding our universe, while it is in charge of cleaning up the radioactive legacy of keeping this country safe during the Cold War and beyond. In other words, there is no doubting the importance of the Department of Energy. Yet, there is great doubt that your Department is up to the task without significant improvements. One of this subcommittee's most pressing concerns is the Department's inability to plan and execute major infrastructure projects. At this point, nearly every major construction project underway over the last five years -- the MOX [mixed oxide] plan in South Carolina, the Waste Treatment Plant in Washington state, the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12, and I could go on -- has spectacularly broken its cost projections. And when I say 'spectacularly', I mean more than doubling, often going billions higher than the plans Congress has agreed to." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of Mike Simpson and Ernest Moniz.

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