Day 1: Copy and hand out the following instructions for the computer lab.
Students should go to the web page that displays the Energy Departments 2005
budget request: http://www.mbe.doe.gov/budget/05budget/index.htm
on budget highlights
1. What are the department’s primary goals?
on setting priorities
2. What is the total budget request for the next fiscal
on the following pages to answer the questions that
Energy Strategic Goal
Environment Strategic Goal
Defense Strategic Goal
What is the major goal of each?
- click on budget by organization
3. Which programs receive the greatest amount of funding?
4. Imagine that the President has announced a cut back
on discretionary spending which will impact the Energy
Department’s budget request for the next
fiscal year. In order to determine how you
will adjust your departments budget request, prioritize
the following categories in order of importance:
Energy, Environment, National Nuclear Security Administration,
5. State which is your top priority and why.
6. State where you could cut and why.
heading into a new era. We've got to think new.
We've got to be ready for the 21st Century...
And a 21st Century energy policy says this country
must develop and deploy the latest technology to
provide a new generation, a different kind of energy,
new sources of energy, cleaner and more efficient
President George W. Bush
Have students work in small groups to write a proposal
for the President’s energy policy that addresses
the main points stated above. Proposals should include
Big Idea (exactly how will the energy department deal
with the energy demands of the nation?):
Name the individuals who must approve this proposal:
Each group will share their energy proposal with the
1. What major concerns must be considered when an executive department initiates
2. Who approves the budget proposal?
3. How does an executive agency initiate public policy?
Group proposals on energy policy