Department of Energy

When former Texas Gov. Rick Perry faces the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for his confirmation hearing on Thursday, his first test could be whether he remembers the name of the agency he's been picked to head.

Updated 7:51 a.m. ET Dec. 14 with official announcement of Perry's nomination.

It's a good thing former Texas Gov. Rick Perry once forgot he wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy, because President-elect Donald Trump is nominating him to lead the agency.

The U.S. Department of Energy is trying to find better ways to dispose of nuclear waste, and they’re enlisting Ohio State University to help. The D.O.E. this week said it will give OSU $10 million to create one of four new sites to research ways to improve storage and disposal. Some methods include changing the waste itself.