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Michael Hickman receives NNSA Gold Medal, announces retirement

May 28, 2015

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NNSA’s Director of the Office of Enterprise Project Management Michael Hickman has announced that he will be retiring effective May 29, 2015 after 34 years distinguished federal service. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he has spent approximately 25 of those years in senior leadership positions across DOE and NNSA.

In his current capacity, Hickman has been instrumental in helping NNSA establish the Office of Acquisition and Project Management, under which he serves, to address longstanding and significant contract and project management challenges identified by the Government Accountability Office, the Inspector General, and Congress. He developed policies and procedures for enterprise-wide project management that have resulted in NNSA delivering its $800 million project portfolio approximately $60 million – or 7.5 percent – under budget, thus contributing to NNSA’s credibility being restored on Capitol Hill and NNSA’s removal from the GAO’s High Risk List for contracts and projects less than $750 million.

Hickman served as Acting Deputy Manager for the Los Alamos Field Office for a period of time during 2013. From 2005-2010, Hickman was assigned as the Technical Director, Office of Defense Programs Project Management and Systems Support. From 2004-2005, he was assigned as Construction Manager, Office of Defense Programs Project Management and Systems Support. From 1994-2004, Hickman was assigned as a Federal Project Director for NNSA’s Tritium Extraction Facility project at the Savannah River Site (SRS). Hickman began his career with DOE/NNSA at SRS in 1989 supporting the Reactor Restart Program.

Prior to working at DOE, he worked in commercial nuclear power operations and construction-working for TVA at the Watts Bar Unit 1 nuclear power plant, Alabama Power and with Daniels Construction at various nuclear power construction sites in Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia and Kansas. He is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a post-graduate MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He served six years in the US Navy in the nuclear powered submarine force.

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Michael Hickman (right) receives the Distinguished Service Award and NNSA’s Gold Medal from Associate Administrator for Acquisition and Project Management, Robert B. Raines (left). Hickman received the award and medal for exemplary federal service at DOE and NNSA and his lasting contributions to the delivering safe quality construction on budget.