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DOE - 444 - Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameFusion Energy Sciences Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number444
Original Establishment Date4/18/1991Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*appx 24
Current Charter Date8/2/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter8/2/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Samuel
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Barish
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AGENDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 903-2917
Effective Date Of Authority*2/28/1991Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-903-8584
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee receives charges from the Director, Office of Science. It normally appoints a panel consisting of members of the full Committee and experts in the specific areas needed to address the charge. The panel meets as necessary to develop a proposed response to the charge. The full Committee meets in public session to discuss the work of the panel and to prepare its response to the charge. In most cases, the Committee's response to a charge represents a unanimous position adopted by the Committee and is provided to the Department in a letter signed by the Committee Chair. In very rare cases, the response is based on a majority vote of Committee members present at the meeting.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee members are chosen to ensure that the membership is appropriately balanced taking into account factors such as: (1) the scientific and technical disciplines; (2) the types of institutions that employ the members; (3) diversity, equity, and inclusion; and (4) the geographic location of these institutions. Recent Departmental guidance has dictated that the members be employed as Special Government Employees during the times that they are involved in conducting FESAC business since they are functioning as technical experts.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In FY 2022, FESAC had one virtual meeting. The primary purposes of the meeting were to learn about the path forward after the March 17, 2022 White House Fusion Summit and to present a charge to FESAC on international benchmarking. Dr. Geraldine Richmond, Under Secretary for Science and Innovation, highlighted the high priority for fusion in the Administration and DOE leadership. Professor Anne White from MIT was welcomed as the new FESAC Chair. FESAC members discussed the new charge on international benchmarking. Other presentations were heard on the Exascale Computing Project, the UK Fusion Programme and the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) Programme, and the National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers. Dr. Stephen Binkley, Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Science, presented the Secretary of Energy Appreciation Award to Dr. Donald Rej of Los Alamos National Laboratory for his outstanding service as FESAC Chair from 2016 to 2022.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The breadth of technical issues, the variety of research institutions involved, and the long-term nature of the program preclude exclusive reliance on Federal personnel, consultants, or a single contractor for the necessary level of advice for planning purposes. The advice that will be provided by FESAC is so diverse and technically complex that it cannot be provided or gained through the use of consultants, hearings, grants, contracts, or existing committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe office adopted a new structure for the program to use in its long-range strategic planning efforts for the magnetic fusion energy sciences element based on the findings and recommendations of FESAC, adopted the Progress Assessment Rating Tool Long-Range performance measures, decided to move ahead with the Fusion Simulation Project, decided to terminate the National Compact Stellarator Experiment Project based partially on FESAC findings, made changes to the procedures that it uses to handle research proposals, made adjustments to the program’s research priorities, made changes to various reports that were being prepared for transmittal to Congress based on FESAC reviews and comments, moved ahead with plans to implement simulation and theoretical development in the fusion materials development program based on FESAC reviews, made the case to rejoin the ITER project following a series of FESAC reviews, followed the FESAC recommendation that compact stellarators were ready to be advanced to the Proof-of-Principle development stage, adopted an integrated program plan prepared by FESAC for managing the Fusion Energy Sciences program, and adopted FESAC advice for restructuring the entire fusion program and making it a science-based program instead of an energy technology development program.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*475Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentWe do not have readily at hand the total number of recommendations this office has received from FESAC and its predecessors since it was chartered as the Fusion Energy Advisory Committee in 1991. An estimate is an average of 8-12 per year, making the total about 128-192 through FY 2008. In FY 2009, there were 14 recommendations made in the report on alternate toroidal magnetic fusion concepts and 15 recommendations in the report on HEDLP science. There were 120 recommendations made in the committee of visitors report in FY 2010, and no recommendations were made in FY 2011. In FY 2012, FESAC issued two reports, one on materials research opportunities over the next 10 to 20 years and the other on opportunities for and modes of international collaboration over the next 10 to 20 years. These reports together contained 27 recommendations. In FY 2013, FESAC issued two reports, one on magnetic fusion sciences program priorities, and the other on the prioritization of scientific user facilities during 2014 to 2024, containing a total of 10 recommendations. In FY 2014, FESAC issued a report on assessment of workforce development needs for the fusion energy sciences, which contained five recommendations. In FY 2015, FESAC issued the following three reports on: (1) strategic planning (18 recommendations), (2) a committee of visitors (44 recommendations), and (3) non-fusion applications (no recommendations). FESAC did not issue any reports in either FY 2016 or FY 2017. In FY 2018, FESAC issued a report on transformative enabling capabilities (no recommendations). In FY 2019, FESAC issued a report on a committee of visitors which contained nine recommendations. In FY 2020, there have been no additional recommendations. In FY 2021, FESAC issued a report on a long-term plan for the Fusion Energy Sciences program which contained 27 recommendations. There were no recommendations in FY 2022. Thus, an overall total of approximately 411 to 475 recommendations have been made.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Fusion Energy Sciences program seriously considers every recommendation made by its advisory committee, and we have tried to implement every one that was within our ability to do so. Only lack of funding, regulations, legal requirements or other such impediments have kept us from implementing every recommendation.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*25.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Fusion Energy Sciences program seriously considers every recommendation made by its advisory committee, and we have tried to implement every one that was within our ability to do so. Only lack of funding, regulations, legal requirements or other such impediments have kept us from implementing every recommendation.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe charges to the Committee, the minutes of every meeting, Committee reports and the letter transmitting those reports to the Director, Office of Science, the materials presented at each meeting, and the DOE response letters are all available on the FESAC Web page that is accessed from the Fusion Energy Sciences Home Page on the Internet at .
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided to the Committee in a letter from Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) to the Committee Chair within 30 days of the receipt of a letter from the Committee Chair transmitting a report to the Director, Office of Science.Narrative Description*The Committee provides valuable, independent advice to the Director of the Office of Science on complex scientific and technological issues that arise in the planning, implementation and management of the fusion energy science program.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$166,900.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$185,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$100,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$150,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$6,324.02Est. Other Costs Next FY*$150,000.00
Total Costs$173,224.02Est. Total Next FY*$585,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified11/22/2022 10:02 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.96
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.96Est Cost RemarksFY 23 are increasing due to moving to hybrid and/or in person meetings
Cost RemarksCost FY 22 costs were significantly lower due to the COVID 19 pandemic and meetings being held virtually.  
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Interest Areas

Basic Science
Materials Research
Natural Resources


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040094Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2021
 COM-038068Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2020
 COM-036352Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033554Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001451Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002843Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003593Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004950Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005592Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007083Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007799Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009258Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009802Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011254Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011661Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013115Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013606Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014937Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015305Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017095Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017382Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018941Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019325Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020834Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021233Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee1997