Watching Government: Energy budgeting

After a 4-month delay, Congress this month finalized spending levels for the 2003 fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The $397 billion measure funds most government agencies, including energy-related programs within the departments of Interior and Energy. President George W. Bush is expected to sign the bill into law.Within the Department of Energy, oil and gas research is continuing but at generally more modest levels. DOE's fossil energy office is reorganizing, and some existing programs may be influenced by a $500,000 National Academy of Sciences review.Meanwhile, DOE's oil technology account includes overall spending this fiscal year of $42.3 million, $13.7 million less than the l...

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