EIA chief: Sequester's ax spares key energy data reports

Budget cuts in fiscal 2011 prompted EIA to announce it would pare back a number of data and analysis programs, which are described here.

EIA produces an array of weekly, annual and other reports that are closely watched by traders, analysts and policymakers.

It also prepares legislative analyses for lawmakers, among many other activities.

“Our ability to deliver on some of the things that we want to do is going to depend on having that issue resolved,” Sieminski said of sequestration, which began this month.

The cuts are forcing a 9 percent cut in non-defense discretionary spending during the remainder of the current fiscal year, but they won’t end there unless lawmakers and the White House agree on a deal to end the blunt reductions.