United States Department of Energy facts for kids
Department of Energy
|Seal of the Department of Energy|
|Formed||August 4, 1977|
|Preceding agencies||Energy Research and Development Administration
Federal Energy Administration
100,000 contract (2004)
|Annual budget||$23.4 billion (2006)|
|Agency executives||Ernest Moniz, Secretary
Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary
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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