The vote comes as the Obama administration is expected to request a 0.5 percent pay increase for federal workers in its 2013 budget plan, Federal News Radio reports.
The House vote comes recently after the Congressional Budget Office released a report saying federal employees earn, on average, 16 percent more in pay and benefits on average than private sector workers.
CBO also said the pay differences depend on education. Private sector employees with post-graduate or doctoral education receive 18 percent more in pay and benefits than federal employees.
The Department of Energy intends to award $5M in funds to help universities and nonprofit research organizations develop computational tools and software applications that will work to study genomics and biology research data.