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Budget and Performance

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) receives funding for its activities through an annual appropriation from Congress. EIA's budget request falls under the authority of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development.

Recent budgets have enabled EIA to deliver information that has increased public understanding of a dynamic energy landscape and has informed the nation’s ongoing dialogue on important energy issues. In fiscal year (FY) 2020, as the world reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic, EIA continued to release 99% of its core products on schedule, providing critical data and analysis on how energy markets responded to economic uncertainty from the pandemic. EIA’s product accomplishments in FY 2020 include new data on U.S. crude oil storage capacity utilization, enhanced analysis of renewable generation and energy storage, and the release of preliminary commercial building and manufacturing energy consumption data.

The FY 2021 budget provides $126.8 million for EIA, which is the same as the FY 2020 funding level. The FY 2021 funding enables EIA to continue core statistical and analytical activities that produce products critical to EIA’s customer base, such as

Report name Abbreviation Purpose
Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report WNGSR Functions as one of the nation’s Principal Federal Economic Indicators
Weekly Petroleum Status Report WPSR Provides statistics on oil and petroleum product stocks, imports, and production
Short-Term Energy Outlook STEO Provides monthly forecasts of U.S. and global supply, consumption, trade, stocks, and prices with a horizon of 12 to 24 months
Annual Energy Outlook AEO Projects U.S. energy supply, consumption, and trade during a 25- to 30-year period

The FY 2021 budget enables EIA to follow through on planned cybersecurity initiatives and maintain recent program enhancements that have improved its coverage of an ever-changing U.S. energy sector.

See EIA's most recent detailed budget requests to Congress.

Accomplishments for 2020

Performance Measures
EIA routinely conducts strategic planning exercises and program reviews to reinforce a performance-based culture. The agency has two principal measures that it reports annually to assess overall agency performance. These measures are included in EIA's annual congressional budget requests as well as in department reports, such as the Annual Performance Report.

  • 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 consistently meets its target of more than 90% of customers being satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of information available on its website.
  • 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 tracks scheduled and actual release dates for an extensive list of web-based products that span the energy sector and represent a range of cycles, including weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, and multiyear releases. EIA has a consistent record of meeting or exceeding its 95% target for on-schedule releases.

For questions, contact William Hishon at (202) 586-0156.

Last updated: January 26, 2021