President Obama today named 96 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. These include 13 receipients from the Energy Department.
During the last fiscal year, the Energy Department contracted with over 7,000 small businesses, doing over $8 billion worth of business overall. While this is the second highest number in terms of dollars in the federal government, we want to make every effort to get new small businesses into the mix, introducing them to the Energy Department’s federal contracting process.
Engaging with the leaders of Tribal Nations is critical for the Energy Department. Last week in Denver David Huizenga, Senior Advisor for Environmental Management, and I met with the leaders of eight Tribal Nations to discuss progress in the nuclear cleanup and build partnerships to better shape the future of Energy Department sites.
This dialogue marked the largest gathering of leaders of Tribal Nations located near our Office of Environmental Management cleanup sites with senior Department of Energy officials for a high-level discussion.