Howard Dickenson, NNSA's Acting Associate Administrator for External Affairs
Howard Dickenson

Dr. Howard Dickenson has been NNSA’s Acting Associate Administrator for External Affairs since November 2020. He is responsible for the agency’s Congressional Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Public Affairs Offices.

Prior to that, Dr. Dickenson was the Deputy Associate Deputy Administrator for Management NNSA’s Office of Management and Budget (MB) with broad responsibilities for the agency’s budgeting process, including accounting, financial review, and Congressional and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) interaction. For a number of years, he also served as the Acting Associate Deputy Administrator for Budget.

Before joining NNSA, Dr. Dickenson’s government positions included Assistant Director of Recovery Act Business Operations for the Department of Energy; Senior Program Examiner for OMB; and Senior Economist at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Dr. Dickenson was an Adjunct Professor of Economics at California State University, Fullerton, prior to his federal service.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Ph.D. in political economy and public policy from the University of Southern California.