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Budget and Performance
EIA receives funding for its activities with an annual appropriation from Congress. EIA's budget request falls under the purview of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development.
The fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget provides $117 million for EIA, which is the same as EIA’s funding level in FY 2014. The FY 2015 funding maintains EIA's core energy statistics, analyses, and forecasting programs, and allows the agency to continue concentrated efforts in delivering on its four strategic goals:
Transforming data operations to improve our ability to collect and manage data across EIA’s largest operational area.
- Operating the expanded State Heating Oil and Propane Program to collect winter fuels prices for 14 additional states, from the 24 states already participating.
- Preparing monthly collection of oil and natural gas production data, including onshore oil density, from operators in 15 states.
- Developing first-ever hourly collection of electricity load data from the nation’s balancing authorities.
- Developing monthly data on movements of crude oil by rail that is fully integrated with EIA’s existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, including pipeline, tanker, and barge movements.
- Piloting more targeted and timely building consumption data though the Residential Energy Consumption Survey cities initiative.
- Improving EIA’s weekly petroleum balances through the use of near-real-time data on exports of petroleum products and crude oil obtained from other federal agencies.
- Beginning survey of densified biomass manufacturers and exporters to better understand this source of energy used for home heating by over 2.5 million households.
Increasing analytical impact to bring context and meaning to the information we convey and expand our breadth of energy coverage.
- Releasing the Drilling Productivity Report on a monthly basis to provide indicators of oil and natural gas production trends in key producing regions.
- Conducting in-depth analysis of crude oil import and export trends, such as the new Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool.
- Modeling changes to the electric grid, including effects of energy efficiency and carbon regulations.
- Providing analyses related to the implications of possible removal or relaxation of current limits on crude oil exports.
- Enhancing capabilities for modeling global energy systems and issues, which are becoming increasingly important to understanding energy developments within the United States.
Improving the customer experience because we live in a real-time world, and our customers expect access to energy information how and when they need it.
- Building dynamic new platforms for the Annual Energy Outlook and International Energy Statistics, similar to the new Short Term Energy Outlook data browser.
- Making EIA data series available through Application Programming Interfaces to allow computers to more easily access EIA’s public data.
- Providing Excel add-in to allow energy analysts to automatically update tables using EIA data.
- Continuing to expand EIA's State Energy Portal, mapping system, and outreach to states.
Enabling the mission by hiring and retaining the best and brightest and giving them the tools they need to succeed.
- Investing in network cabling and state-of-the-art cloud technologies needed to operate effectively in today’s business environment.
- Managing EIA’s IT infrastructure in accordance with stringent data confidentiality and cyber security requirements.
- Reinforcing a performance-based culture through employee engagement, leadership development, and an environment of openness and collaboration.
Recognizing the importance of maintaining a performance-based culture, EIA routinely conducts strategic planning exercises and agency-wide program reviews to establish priorities and monitor progress toward their achievement. In addition, EIA has two principal measures that it reports on annually to assess overall agency performance.
- Information Quality: A consistently high customer satisfaction rating reflects EIA's ability to provide stakeholders with information that supports a productive national dialogue on a wide range of energy issues. To this end, EIA has conducted at least one comprehensive web customer satisfaction survey each year since the mid-1990s to collect a range of information from users, including customer type, frequency of website use, purpose of visit to the site, user perceptions of EIA, and an overall assessment of customer satisfaction with the quality of EIA's information. EIA's most recent survey, which was fielded on its website in August 2014, collected nearly 10,000 responses and provided a wealth of customer information. 95% of the customers who responded to the survey indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of EIA information. This rating exceeds EIA's annual customer satisfaction target of 90%. EIA plans to conduct another comprehensive web customer survey in the summer of 2015 and will also consider other targeted outreach efforts to help the agency tailor its product line to meet evolving customer needs.
- Meeting Scheduled Release Dates: Timely delivery of EIA's statistics and analyses ensures that EIA's customers have reliable access to information used in a wide range of energy-related decisions. EIA therefore tracks scheduled and actual release dates for an extensive list of web-based products that span the energy sector and represent a range of periodicity, including weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, and multi-year release cycles. EIA has a consistent record of meeting or exceeding its 95% target for on-schedule release of these products, including a 96% rating for 2014.
For questions on the EIA Budget please contact William Hishon, (202) 586-0156; for questions on the Performance Measures please contact Preston Cooper, (202) 586-9839.
Last updated: April 2015
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