Energy Secretary: Senate Confirmation Delays Leave Science Team Shorthanded

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July 23, 2014, 7:16 a.m.

11:18 a.m. — En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz is irked about the large num­ber of nom­in­ees for seni­or En­ergy De­part­ment roles that are lan­guish­ing in the Sen­ate. “Our en­ergy sci­ence team is not in place,” Mon­iz said at a Wash­ing­ton, D.C. con­fer­ence hos­ted by the Amer­ic­an En­ergy In­nov­a­tion Coun­cil. “We have five po­s­i­tions dir­ectly en­gaged in en­ergy and sci­ence that are not filled.” He called the delays “ex­tremely frus­trat­ing.” The Sen­ate has not con­firmed nom­in­ees to be dir­ect­or of the Of­fice of Sci­ence, head of the Ad­vanced Re­search Pro­jects Agency-En­ergy, and oth­er roles. — Ben Ge­man


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