Garrett Smith

Director, Office of Nuclear Safety

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Garrett Smith is the Director of the Office of Nuclear Safety (AU-30), within the Office of the Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health, Safety and Security (AU).  AU-30 establishes nuclear safety requirements and expectations for the Department to ensure protection of workers, the public, and the environment from the hazards associated with nuclear operations. It also establishes general facility safety requirements in the areas of fire protection, natural phenomena hazards, and quality assurance to ensure that products and services meet or exceed the Department's objectives in each of these areas.

Mr. Smith has been with the Federal Government for over 23 years.  Starting in 1994 at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), where he was a Fuel Facility Safety Inspector, performing Chemical Safety, Criticality Safety, Fire Protection, Seismic, and MC&A inspections at the nation’s commercial nuclear fuel fabrication and navy nuclear fuel manufacturing facilities.  Later he worked for the Executive Director for Operations as a Senior Technical Advisor.  Post 9/11, he helped to startup the new Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response within the NRC and held several positions within that organization, including Technical Assistant to the Director, and section chief of the Materials Security Section.  Garrett also served as the Section Chief of the Decommissioning Branch within the Office of Nuclear Waste Management. 

In 2005 Garrett transferred to National Nuclear Security Administration to become the Safety and Licensing Manager for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication facility being built at the Savannah River Site.  During his tenure in this position, the licensee (MOX Services) successfully submitted their license application to the NRC, which resulted in the NRC issuing its Safety Evaluation Report.  In 2009 he joined the Office of Health, Safety and Security and worked in the Office of Nuclear Safety Enforcement and as the Director of the Office of Nuclear Safety Basis and Facility Design (AU-31). 

Prior to his Government services, Garrett work for the contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project as a Process and Safety Engineer, responsible for the safe operations of the high level waste pretreatment activities.

Garrett graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering.