UPDATE – Feb. 13, 2018, 3:30pm: The DOE has yet to publish a single document of their detailed budget justification for FY19. Inquiries to the DOE about the expected timeline for publishing the materials via phone calls and email have gone unanswered. The justifications usually consist of well over a thousand pages outlining how the administration wants to spend billions of taxpayer dollars. These are the details we’re missing now.
The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) budget request for FY19 amounts to $30.6 billion for the agency. That is a $2.6 billion increase from the administration’s FY18 request of $28 billion. However, Congress usually responds with its own plus up so this request is still represents a slight decrease of $177 million from the $30.8 billion in DOE funding enacted in the FY17 Omnibus. It’s hard to assess the administration’s priorities in the FY19 DOE budget, however, because more than seven hours after the overall budget documents were released, the budget justifications, which provide all the details for agency spending have not yet been published. This is not typically the case.
The DOE’s enacted budget has been on the rise since FY13, growing from $27.4 billion to $30.8 billion in FY17, an increase of just over 12 percent.