Revisions to the DOE Contractor Employee Protection Program
The DOE Contractor Employee Protection Program extends whistleblower protections similar to those in the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of DOE contractors and subcontractors. The Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) is amending its regulations to modernize the Department of Energy's (DOE or Department) contractor employee whistleblower program, as well as to provide improvements within the existing program.
Energy Efficiency Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Clothes Washers
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating an effort to determine whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers (``RCWs''). This request for information (``RFI'') solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for RCWs would result in significant amount of additional energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. As part of this RFI, DOE seeks comment on whether there have been sufficient technological or market changes since the most recent standards update that may justify a new rulemaking to consider more stringent standards. Specifically, DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a ``no new standard'' determination because a more stringent standard: Would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of foregoing. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, App. 2, and the Code of Federal Regulations, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee's (BESAC) charter will be renewed for a two-year period. The Committee will provide advice and recommendations to the Office of Science on the Basic Energy Sciences program. Additionally, the renewal of the BESAC has been determined to be essential to conduct business of the Department of Energy and to be in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the Department of Energy, by law and agreement. The Committee will continue to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the rules and regulations in implementation of that Act.