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‘Stretching and morphing’ the ARRA’s purpose = stimulus fail

By / September 30, 2011

DOE Recovery Act Funds status, 9/30/11. Credit: recovery.gov Two things out of the box: First, remember, permissum lector caveo (translation: What the hell does Peter know, anyway?). Second, the opinions expressed below are totally my own and should be blamed on no one else. Thus forewarned … Nature has what strikes me as a very disturbing article…

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DOE recovery fraud fixation, pt. 2

By / August 29, 2010

$ While I am on the subject about DOE’s misguided concern about decreasing the risk of fraud with its Recovery Act Funding, I see that Matthew Iglesias has also weighed-in on the same topic: “[I]t’s worth noting that the Obama administration’s obsession with avoiding waste and fraud in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act spending has…

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Friday federal funding facts: $2 billion finally spent by DOE

By / February 12, 2010

It took about 3 months for DOE to get the first $1 billion into circulation in the economy and about 2.5 months for the second $2 billion (still less than 10% of the total). I guess we should all be thankful for this smallest sign of improvement, but I wonder who will still be around…

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Sandia’s Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory awarded $4.2 million in stimulus funds

By / December 22, 2009

Via press release, Sandia National Laboratories will use $4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), with the goal of developing low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The tests help to determine how much abuse lithium-ion batteries can safely handle.…

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Friday Funding Facts – Part I: Check writer’s hand still broken?

By / December 4, 2009

This is just lame. How can the DOE let itself (and the science community) be this strangled by bureaucracy? Only $1.4 billion spent? Apparently the phrase “urgently needed” means different things to different people.

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Friday federal funding facts

By / November 14, 2009

The DOE has finally reached the $1 billion mark in funds paid out, but it’s still just the tip of the iceberg considering that $19 billion (93%) remains committed but unpaid. Thus, the cash flow problem is still a major cause for concern. The Recovery Act homepage boasts that over 640,000 jobs have been saved…

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Friday federal funding facts

By / September 18, 2009

Slow going again. The skinny on this week’s activities: Another $393 million added to the pot; $66.7 million was paid out. Department of Energy (5.9% paid out): National Science Foundation (1.2% paid out): Source: Recovery.gov

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DOE announces $0.5B first round of renewable energy awards

By / September 3, 2009

In a remarkable 30-day proposal-to-award cycle, the DOE announced on Tuesday the recipients of over $500 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards for large wind and solar projects located in eight states. The funding is expected to generate 2,000 new jobs. This is the first round of awards. The Obama administration and the…

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Friday federal funding facts

By / August 21, 2009

Okay, so now we are finally getting close to $.5 billion in actual checks being cut from DOE and NSF. (If you haven’t cast a vote in our poll on when DOE will cross the $1 billion mark, please step up and make your predictions.) Also, the DOE upped its promised spending over the last…

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Friday federal funding facts

By / August 14, 2009

A slight uptick in the number of DOE checks going out last week. NSF’s cash going out even slower. Regardless, it’s still like a trickle. . . Department of Energy (4.3% paid out): National Science Foundation (1.4% paid out): Source: Recovery.gov

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