House Committee on Science Space & Technology

Hearing: The Department of Energy’s Role in the U.S. Research Ecosystem

March 8, 2023: The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology convened a hearing titled “Innovation Through Collaboration: The Department of Energy’s Role in the U.S. Research Ecosystem”.

Witnesses include Dr. Harriet Kung, Deputy Director for Science Programs in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and leaders from NOAA: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Dr. Kung’s testimony included three key points: how the Dept. of Energy’s interagency engagements span fundamental and applied research, development,
demonstration, and deployment, involving offices across the entire Department; that the DOE engages in interagency partnerships only where such partnerships are aligned with our mission space and where the Department can provide complementary capabilities and expertise to deliver on shared outcomes, and she  highlighted  some of the incredible outcomes delivered in partnership with other federal agencies such as unlocking the human genome, accelerated
diagnostics and treatments for COVID, and new insights on the fundamental building blocks of our universe.

Dr. Kung emphasized how DOE leverages the unique and world class research infrastructure at the DOE National Laboratories and across the Office of Science’s 28 user facilities, to provide access to capabilities, many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. The Office of Science brings a mission-driven focus on energy, economic, and national security to these partnerships. See the hearing and further testimony details.

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