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United States Department of Energy
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Seal of the U.S. Department of Energy
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Flag of the U.S. Department of Energy
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James V. Forrestal Building, Department Headquarters
Agency overview
Formed August 4, 1977 (1977-08-04) (43 years ago)
Preceding agencies
  • Federal Energy Administration (FEA)
  • Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA)
Headquarters James V. Forrestal Building
1000 Independence Avenue
Southwest, Washington, D.C., U.S.
38°53′13″N 77°1′34″W / 38.88694°N 77.02611°W / 38.88694; -77.02611Coordinates: 38°53′13″N 77°1′34″W / 38.88694°N 77.02611°W / 38.88694; -77.02611
Employees 12,944 federal (2014)
93,094 contract (2008)
Annual budget $27.9 billion (2015)
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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government responsible for energy policy and nuclear safety. Its responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. DOE also sponsors more basic and applied scientific research than any other US federal agency; most of this is funded through its system of United States Department of Energy National Laboratories.

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