Ranking Member Johnson Questions DOE Withholding Funds from ARPA-E
(Washington, DC) –Today, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry requesting information on reports that ARPA-E is currently subject to a “no contract action” order which prevents the program from taking any action to distribute and manage FY2016 or prior year funds as directed by law, and that requests for routine no cost extensions of contracts are also not being considered by the agency.
Ranking Member Johnson said in the letter, “Taken together with the President’s recent budget request that proposes to eliminate ARPA-E, these reports appear to suggest that the Administration is attempting to shut down the agency without Congressional authorization. Such an action would be both ill-advised and potentially illegal.”
The full text of the letter can be found here.