Alexander: Dr. Chris Fall a “Well-Qualified Leader” for Department of Energy Research Office

Posted on July 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2018 — U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Dr. Chris Fall, approved today by a Senate committee to serve as Director of the Office of Science, “is well-qualified to lead the Office of Science.”

“Dr. Chris Fall is no stranger to the field – he currently serves as the Principal Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, and worked for over six years with the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Fall has a special opportunity because Congress is on track to provide the 4th consecutive year of record funding for the Office of Science. It is hard to think of a major technological invention since World War II that didn’t have some support from government-sponsored research and there has been a strong bipartisan consensus on investing in federal research in recent years. President Trump should include science, research and innovation in his ‘America First’ agenda. I look forward to voting to confirm Dr. Fall when his nomination is considered by the full Senate.”

Alexander is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and voted to advance Dr. Chris Fall’s nomination out of committee today. He also serves as chairman of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee. This year’s FY19 Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill provided record funding in a regular appropriations bill for the 4th consecutive year for the Office of Science. Following passage of the bill on the Senate floor, Alexander said, “I want to suggest that a candidate for the president’s ‘America First’ agenda that has bipartisan support is the record funding for government-sponsored research reflected in the Energy and Water Appropriations bill that was passed by the Republican led Senate today with bipartisan support from Democrats.”