Sec. O'Leary says "strategic alignment" is trimming the budget;
GAO remains unsure whether Department is "truly committed."
Department of Energy (DOE) officials and like-minded politicians joined to defend the agency against Senate and House bills that would dismantle the department (em and its $17-billion annual price tag.
On September 4, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources conducted hearings on S. 1678, The Department of Energy Abolishment Act.