Located within the Department of Energy, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) is the federal government’s lead office for coal, natural gas and oil exploration and development. Altogether FE oversees approximately 600 research and development projects, ranging from development of zero-emissions power plants to energy facilities that efficiently transform coal, biomass and other fuels into commercial products to new technologies that can extract oil from existing fields that currently are unreachable. FE is also responsible for managing the country’s underground supply of oil in case of emergencies, known as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and running three research labs that conduct fossil energy exploration.
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In addition to these fossil fuel-oriented businesses, FE contracts with several companies that provide technical, administrative and security services for the National Energy Technology Laboratory. These contractors are Technology and Management Services, Inc., Research and Development Solutions, LLC, Performance Results Corporation, Prologic Incorporated, Pace-Tec, TJR Enterprises, Inc., Eagle Facilities Management Services and ISF Security Group, Inc., also known as Ameritex Guard Services.
A longtime energy industry executive, Charles D. McConnell was nominated in July 2011 by President Barack Obama to take over the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, which is the U.S. government’s lead office for coal, natural gas and oil exploration and development. He was finally confirmed by the Senate on March 29, 2012.