The Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal calls for a 15 percent cut in energy research and development funding, made possible by the success stories of advanced technology that Energy Department officials say the government no longer needs to support.
Some of the spending cuts are clustered in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where budget authority would sink to $696 million from $2 billion estimated for fiscal 2018.
The DOE budget plan proposes to create a new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, with $96 million in new budget authority.
President Trump’s 2019 budget request would boost cybersecurity funding at a key Department of Homeland Security office by nearly $20 million compared with enacted 2017 levels, part of a broader effort to bolster cyber defense capabilities at the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and DOE. ‘Cyber is a team sport’.
The new budget proposal seeks out more than $8 billion to advance the cybersecurity mission at the Department of Defense; would hike cyber spending at the FBI; and would bankroll the proposed Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry seemed to accept that outcome as inevitable, joking that when he was governor of Texas, his state budget proposals were considered handy “Doorstops.” “Here is our wishes,” Perry said of the Trump 2019 budget request.
The new DOE budget proposal again cuts off funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, but Senate energy appropriators supported it in this year’s spending measure, raising the budget for the Obama administration initiative to $330 million.