United States Department of Energy

United States
Department of Energy
Seal of the Department of Energy
Department overview
Formed August 4, 1977
Preceding agencies Energy Research and Development Administration
Federal Energy Administration
Employees 16,100 federal
100,000 contract (2004)
Annual budget $23.4 billion (2006)
Agency executives Rick Perry, 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.