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On March 17, 1986, Assistant Secretary Donna R. Fitzpatrick appeared before the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Research and Development to discuss the FY 1987 budget authorization request for Conservation and Renewable Energy Programs.

Following that hearing, you submitted written questions for our response to supplement the record. Enclosed are the answers to those questions, which also have been sent directly to the Committee staff.

If you have any questions, please have your staff call Ingrid Nelson or Cathy Hamilton on 252-4277. They will be happy to assist.

Sincerely,

Robert G. Rabben
Assistant General Counsel
for Legislation

Enclosure

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POST-HEARING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

RELATING TO THE MARCH 17, 1986 HEARING

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

UNITED STATES SENATE

QUESTIONS FROM SENATOR DOMENICI
BUILDINGS AND COMMUNITY SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

Question 1:

DOE will investigate cooperative R&D ventures with private industry consortia in order to foster increased technology transfer. Yet in Buildings and Community Systems, Analysis and Technology Transfer subprogram budget request, DOE is requesting $1 million, down from $2.6 million in FY 86. It seems the technology transfer in the energy efficiency area would have immediate return on energy conservation. Would you elaborate on DOE's justification in pushing for technology transfer and yet reducing the funding for such activities?

Answer:

DOE believes that technology transfer is very important. The
advantage of doing it through the cooperative R&D ventures
with private industry consortia is that the Federal funds for
research are leveraged by an equal or greater amount from the
private sector. Technology transfer is more certain with
the ventures because the private sector partners have a
vested financial interest in the results.

The reduction in the referenced technology transfer line item

resulted from two factors: 1) technology transfer activities
are gradually (as new work begins, contracts are renewed,
etc.) being incorporated more directly into the research

projects; 2) the more generic technology transfer activities, such as those funded under the referenced line item, will be funded at levels commensurate with overall R&D funding and consistent with the relative priority of the activities.

QUESTIONS FROM SENATOR DOMENICI

BUILDINGS AND COMMUNITY SYSTEMS PROGRAM DIRECTION

Question 2:

Your request for Program Direction is $2.4 million, a 33%
reduction (45 FTE's from 71 FTE's) while the total for
Buildings and Community Systems is down 62%. Why aren't
FTE's reduced in proportion to the total program?

Answer:

There is not always a direct correlation between program
dollars and staffing levels. For example, programs not
funded in FY 1987 will not stop abruptly at the end of FY
1986. Program activities will continue until funding
committed during FY 1986 is exhausted. FTES must be provided
in FY 1987 to continue management of these activities until

they are completed.

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