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About EIA

Budget and Performance

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. EIA’s accomplishments in 2018, for example, include innovative new energy information platforms, enhanced forecasts and projections in EIA’s energy outlooks, and new data series that have broadened coverage of energy markets.

The fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget provides $125 million for EIA; this budget is equal to the FY 2018 funding level. The FY 2019 funding enables EIA to continue core statistical and analysis activities that produce reports critical to EIA’s customer base, including

  • Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report (WNGSR), which is designated as one of the nation’s Principal Federal Economic Indicators
  • Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR), which provides statistics on oil and petroleum product stocks, imports, and production
  • Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), which 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), which projects U.S. energy supply, consumption, and trade during a 25- to 30-year period

The FY 2019 budget also enables EIA to follow through on planned cybersecurity initiatives and maintain recent program enhancements that have improved its coverage of a dynamic U.S. energy sector.

Read more to find EIA's most recent detailed budget requests to Congress.

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 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 multi-year 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: December 2018