Articles Tagged: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Spun Out of Control

This week, the Department of Energy announced it would cut funding for the troubled American Centrifuge Project. In a time of acrimony and appropriations gridlock in the Capitol, a sensible decision, albeit a belated one, deserves some recognition.

U.S. Department of Energy Was Successfully Hacked 159 Times in 4 Years

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has had its computers breached by attackers nearly 160 times during a 48-month span up to 2014, according to documents obtained by USA Today. The federal records gathered by the publication show a relentless barrage of cyber attacks as attempts to breach the Department of Energy’s security that safeguards critical information systems. These important and crucial systems contain sensitive data about energy labs, the country’s power grid and significantly, the nuclear weapons stockpile.

Records: Energy Department struck by cyber attacks

Cyber attackers successfully compromised the security of U.S. Department of Energy computer systems more than 150 times between 2010 and 2014, according to a review of federal records obtained by USA TODAY. Incident reports submitted by federal officials and contractors since late 2010 to the Energy Department’s Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center shows a near-consistent barrage of attempts to breach the security of critical information systems that contain sensitive data about the nation’s power grid, nuclear weapons stockpile and energy labs.

Graphene “Gateway” Could Lead to Better Energy Technologies

Recently scientists with the Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures, and Transport (FIRST) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), led by the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, revealed graphene can serve as a proton-selective permeable membrane, providing a new basis for streamlined and more efficient energy technologies such as improved fuel cells.

Spanish Firm Under Federal Investigation Wins $230 Million in DOE Subsidies

A Spanish renewable energy company under investigation by at least two federal agencies unveiled a new biofuel production facility on Friday, which will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal subsidies.

Putting Energy Into an Overhaul

The good news is that the commission’s charter is to address the size, mission and alignment of the existing Department of Energy laboratories. The bad news is that DOE immediately missed the first statutory deadline: members of the commission were announced on May 20 of this year, while the legislation said the appointments were to take place no later than January 1. There’s nowhere to go from here but up.

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