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40-DoELogoThe mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The department came into existence in 1977, but can trace its lineage back to the Manhattan Project effort during World War II.

This is a very diverse department with 10 program offices ranging from the Loan Programs Office that enables DOE to work with private companies and lenders to mitigate the financing risks associated with clean energy projects in the hopes of encouraging innovative development to the Office of Legacy Management that is responsible for managing the radioactive and chemical waste, environmental contamination, and hazardous material at over 100 sites across the country as a result of World War II and the Cold War. In addition to the program offices, there are 21 Labs & Technology Centers; 10 Field Sites; 4 Power Marketing Administrations; the Energy Information Administration; and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

The Labs & Technology Centers of the DOE are integral in the Office of Environmental Management’s cleanup efforts to treat nuclear and hazardous wastes left from the Cold War while the Field Offices act as stewards of the resources of the various Labs they support.

The Power Marketing Administrations are responsible for marketing electric power and energy generated at reservoirs operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers throughout the United States via public cooperatives and utilities known as “preference” customers. And the Energy Information Administration gathers, analyzes and shares impartial energy information to promote sound decision making and public understanding of energy.

The NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. The Department of Energy is unique in that it has two Senior Procurement Executives, one for the Department and the other for NNSA exclusively.

Because of the scientific nature of this department, most of the procurement opportunities have to do with Research and Development. Approximately 90% of the department’s budget is spent through a variety of contracts and financial assistance agreements. As a result, the Department of Energy is one of the largest civilian departments in the federal government.

The DOE Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is the best place to look for opportunity to do business with this diverse, research driven department. The OSDBU site has all of the DOE Funding Opportunities with links directly to the acquisition forecast, the offices, and the administrations within the Department that have needs.

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