Tania Smith Taylor is now the director of the LM Office of Business Operations (OBO), which is responsible for records and information management associated with more than 90 sites in the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico that are closed and no longer support a DOE mission. OBO also oversees the pension plans and post-retirement benefits for retired contractor workers formerly employed at those sites. Strategic planning, program integration, finance and budget, acquisition, and administrative support are also OBO functions.
In her previous position as director for the LM Office of Site Operations, since January 2016, she was responsible for LM’s long-term surveillance and maintenance program, real and personal property, safety, environmental management systems, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, the uranium leasing program, and the program to investigate defense-related uranium mine (DRUM) sites.
Taylor worked previously for the DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM), where she led several improvement initiatives for department-wide programs, EM’s crosscutting programs, and for the EM American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program. Improvements were pertinent to managing facilities and infrastructure, eliminating excess contaminated facilities, reusing assets for economic development, using project management lessons learned, creating contractor out-placement programs, and training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, commonly known as STEM.
In addition to having DOE experience with the Savannah River Site Operations Office and EM Headquarters, Taylor has extensive experience managing environmental programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan, Africa, Balkans, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Iraq, and the Netherlands. She has also deployed as a civilian on three separate occasions to both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Taylor has a civil engineering technology degree from South Carolina State University, a Master of Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College, and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.