The Department of Energy (DOE) has one of the richest and most diverse histories in the Federal Government. Although only in existence for a quarter century, the Department traces its lineage to the Manhattan Project and beyond.Researchers interested in documenting DOE history are welcome to browse DOE records, including declassified materials on the nuclear weapons program. DOE supports museums and historic facilities across the country dedicated to displaying and interpreting the history of the Department and its scientific and technological missions. Public tours are also available at some of the Department's sites.Owning some of the twentieth century's most historically significant physical properties, the Department oversees a vigorous historic preservation program dedicated to preserving and interpreting its heritage.
The Department's strategic goals to achieve the mission are designed to deliver results along five strategic themes:Energy Security: Promoting America’s energy security through reliable, clean, and affordable energyNuclear Security: Ensuring America’s nuclear securityScientific Discovery and Innovation: Strengthening U.S. scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and improving quality of life through innovations in science and technologyEnvironmental Responsibility: Protecting the environment by providing a responsible resolution to the environmental legacy of nuclear weapons productionManagement Excellence: Enabling the mission through sound management.
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