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Secretary Perry formally recognizes outstanding achievements of individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling the Energy Department's mission and serving the Nation. 

The Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award

This award is bestowed upon a group or team of DOE employees and/or contractors who together accomplished significant achievements on behalf of the Department. These groups should demonstrate cooperation and teamwork in attaining their goals.

Achievement Award Winners

James E. Goss

In recognition of his steadfast efforts in creating and implementing the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Safety Basis Review Team (SBRT} Project to corporately plan, and efficiently execute Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) review and approvals. Mr. Goss was challenged to deliver a pilot SBRT initiative to examine the viability of centrally planning SBRT reviews, using resources from across NNS/\s nuclear security enterprise. Through his initiative, creativeness and persuasiveness, Mr. Goss led a pilot so successful after the initial runs that NNSA immediately turned the pilot into an ongoing way of doing business. The SBRT products under this project have been timely and of the highest quality to support NNS/\s vital missions, while multiple personnel across the NNSA enterprise have gained invaluable experience and broad perspective that will benefit NNSA for years to come. Through Mr. Goss' efforts, the NNSA enterprise approach has captured valuable lessons learned to improve the effectiveness of executing required safety basis reviews across the complex, which has optimized the use of critical limited resources to enhance and enable the successful accomplishment of NNS/\s vital nuclear security missions.

For his contributions to NNSA, the Department of Energy, and the Nation, James E. Goss is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

 

AMERICA Internal Controls Project Team

The AMERICA Internal Controls Project Team launched a new Department-wide Internal Controls application, "AMERICA," the A-123 Management of Equity Risks & Internal Controls Application, to improve use, efficiency and data quality in meeting the reporting requirements of the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act of 1982, and OMB Circular A-123 “Management’s Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control.” The development of this application involved tremendous teamwork, leadership, and coordination with 88 reporting organizations and over 400 users across Headquarters, Field, Site and Management & Operating Contractor Offices. Features include user-friendly input, upfront data validations, automated workflow, dashboards, and expanded reporting which greatly enhanced DOE's Internal Controls Program. The system is a first of its kind within the Federal Government.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the AMERICA Internal Controls Application Project Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

Members:

Scott C. Anderson

Melinda D. Bledsoe

Michael D. Brunk

Charlotte L. Drevant

Joshua S. Garnand

Bonnie S. Giampietro

Prakash V. Gumudavelly

Lynn M. Harshman

Lynwood Henderson

Donald D. Holzinger

Braden Jones

Steve J. Kim

Deanna R. Lipscombe

John O. Mathai

Lonnie J. McNair, Jr.

Brianna J. Pippens

Doly M. Piraquive

Stephen L. Roberts

Gabrielle L. Sanders

Kelsey J. Simmons

Dontrell A. Smith

Richard E. Tomlinson

Thomas W. Whitehead

 

American Museum of Science and Energy Project Team

In recognition of the significant contributions and unparalleled commitment to assure the successful establishment of the American Museum of Science and Energy in its new home on Main Street in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The team's support was critical in the successful transformation of a vacant building into a beautiful, renovated facility, where the community, visitors from all over the world, and future generations will expand their knowledge of the Department of Energy mission, the history and heritage of the city, and the people who helped make the Manhattan Project successful and built Oak Ridge into a global center for scientific research, technological innovation, and national security leadership.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the American Museum of Science and Energy Project Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Scott A. Atkinson

Paul L. Boisvert

Kara Bush

Julia Bussinger

Dean Clouse

Christy Cole

Jason Ellis

DiAnn Fields

Cindy B. Finn

Hailey Frank

Logan Friedman

Leighann Garner

Jeff Gary

Laura Gideon

Manuel Gillispie

Greg L. Hamby

Katherine Hernandez

Connie B. Hinton

Katie Elyce Jones

David Keim

Stacy Kirby

Duane Landes

Mildred Lopez-Ferre

Renee Manning

Dationa Mitchell 

Ray Smith

Niki S. Nicholas 

Jamie D. Standridge

Bob Noll 

Eric Swanson

Cortney Piper 

Melanie Underwood

Kelly Rhodes 

Katatra Vasque

Dami Rich 

David A. Wallace

Emily G. Schneider

Kimberly Walling

John Shewairy 

Rebecca N. Whitehead

Claire Sinclair

Ben Williams

Johnathan Sitzlar

Steve Wyatt

Darrell W. Smith

Kelley Smith

 

Bomb Cyclone Analysis Team

In recognition of the contributions of the FE/NETL Bomb Cyclone Analysis Team, for their dedication, diligence and cooperation collecting and analyzing data and developing trends during the December 27, 2017, to January 9, 2018, winter event known as a "bomb cyclone." This information was critical for helping identify the impact of "baseloaded" units in providing the required power during this period of extremely high energy demand. Furthermore, the report generated from their analyses, "Reliability, Resilience and the Oncoming Wave of Retiring Baseload Units," supports the Presidential and Secretarial goals of ensuring that the U.S. Energy Infrastructure is providing the necessary service to the American public.

For  their  contributions  to  the  Department of  Energy  and the  Nation,  the  FE/NETL  Bomb Cyclone Analysis Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Justin M. Adder

Peter C. Balash

Gayland Barksdale

John H. Brewer Ill

Brittany Cash

Alaina Gallagher

Kristin J. Gerdes

Kenneth C. Kern

Jordan P. Kislear

Angelos Kokkinos

Christopher J. Nichols

Gavin C. Pickenpaugh

Erik P. Shuster

 

Crowdsourcing Team

In recognition of the Crowdsourcing Team’s extraordinary success in meeting the Secretary's aim of improving DOE's standing among Federal Workplaces. The team developed and implemented ideas submitted by DOE employees under the Workplace Improvement Network campaign, and worked effectively across organizational boundaries to overcome legal, logistical, and management challenges.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy, the Crowdsourcing Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

Members:

Ann Augustyn

Melody Bell

Ann Bertucci

Jennifer Blankenheim

David S. Brown

Robert Cooper

Maryann Fresco

Melvin Hale

Ellsworth E. Howell, Jr.

Michael Keller

Carla S. Kimbrough

Tracy LeBeau

Karen J. Lerma

Steven Miller

Rebecca Montoya

Mark Neulander

Thomas O’Neill

Kim Parker

Rizwan Shah

Michael Shincovich

Emily Singer

John Walsh

Michael Watkins

Cherylynne Williams

Kevin Williamson

Michael S. Wolfe

Simone Zaarour

 

Cyber Assessments Team

Over the last two years, the DOE Office of Cyber Assessments, within the Office of Enterprise Assessments, has effectively collaborated with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and DOE program offices to resolve longstanding impediments to the effective identification and resolution of cybersecurity weaknesses and find cost-effective approaches for evaluating and implementing emerging technologies. This team has gone beyond merely assessing performance to work with line management to apply lessons learned and best practices to help improve DOE performance. The result of this collaborative approach has led to many requests from program offices and the OCIO for the team's support through assessments and related recommendations. The Cyber Assessments Team is comprised of talented programmatic and technical experts whose activities span the breadth of DOE sites and programs, both classified and unclassified, giving them a unique perspective on DOE's challenges in cybersecurity.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Cyber Assessments Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

Members:

Jeffrey T. Agers

Tarra D. Anthony

Abhilash Antony

George E. Armstrong

Steven M. Armstrong

Brian W. Baker

Joan C. Bitsko

Matthew E. Bland

Lauren K. Blundin

Mark G. Carey

Edward A. Dowse

Michael T. Dozier

John R. Fulmer

Russell E. Gritzo

Evan J. Houle

Brian E. Howard

Jeremy Kizito

Christine B. Kosh

Loulie P. Long

David Luyando

Tina Mahmoudian

Christopher E. McFearin

Neil R. McInnis

Brandi K. Mix

Jannett M. Moran

Patrick J. Murray

Alex B. Norman

John E. Saurbaugh

Timothy B. Schwab

Edward P. Siewick

Jeremy G. Thomas

Matthew S. Tidrick

William F. West

 

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Denuclearization Team

In recognition of the outstanding contributions of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Denuclearization Team that has planned for the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The team’s efforts played a major role in preparing for the historic U.S.

– DPRK Summit in Singapore, as well as the follow-on Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. Furthermore the team’s tremendous cooperation, ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and requirements, and dedication to the mission at hand, have ensured that the United States is expertly prepared to undertake a major effort to directly improve the security of the United States and the entire international community.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the DPRK Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

Members:

John T. Aadland

Ross E. Agee

Dana C. Anderson

Julie A. Anderson

Antonio Aragon

Elizabeth A. Becerril

William T. Bertram T

homas M. Black

Dianna S. Blair

Daniel J. Decman

Walter D. Dekin

Bruce M. Diamond

Sarah L. Dickerson

Kenneth M. Doran

Don E. Dry

John A. Dunn

Claire E. Dunne

Gregory M. Dwyer

Michael J. Haertling

Harriet J. Halse

Chae J. Han

Peter H. Hanlon

Leif A. Hansen

Charles A. Harris

Jonathan W. Harrison

Danielle K. Hauck J

ason A. Hawes

Cory C. Johnson

Curtis B. Johnson

Janice M. Johnson

Ian G. Kapuza

Martin E. Keillor

Dean A. Kratzenberg

Steven A. Kreek

Zachary D. Lambertson

Michelle M. Laver

Kevin W. Moore

Brian J. Murphy

Timothy F. Neal

Scott P. Nordeen

Hans D. Oldewage

Javier Orozco

Brent K. Park

Robert T. Pelayo

Anne L. Phillips

Bryan T. Sims

Joshua H. Smith

Joseph F. Stambaugh

Richard E. Stegner

Zachary R. Stern

Lacey M. Stewart

Jeff D. Stickney

Thomas A. Summers

Jane R. Summerson

Tiffany A. Blanchard-Case

Christina T. Edwards

James J. Henkel

Antonio Leonardo

Kris A. Preeg

Aviva J. Sussman

Jesse L. Bonner

Steven P. Bradshaw

Normita C. Bravo

Robert S. Bridges

Jay K. Brotz

Andrew G. Brown

Michael J. Buglewicz

Brandon E. Bushrod

Angelcia Carillo

Rebekah M. Caruso

Rick J. Christensen

Jeffery M. Cowell

Alan J. Cunningham

Christopher C. Engebretsen

Timothy G. Evans

Kristine M. Featherstone

Henry R. Flores

Geoffrey E. Forden

Judah I. Friese

Gerald R. Furniss

Sigberto A. Garcia Caballero

Jennifer M. Gaudioso

Philip E. George

Raul Gonzalez-Perez

Anthony P. Gouge

Gordon L. Guenterberg

Eric L. Hitchcox

Zachery A. Hitchcox

David A. Hoagland

Kip R. Holdridge

Randall D. Holmes

Sarah C. Hoover

Charles L. Hopkins, III

Scott R. Hosey

David G. Huizenga

Anna A. Hunter

Scott S. Isch

Mathew G. Jacobson

Anthony L. Lewis

Lisa G. Loden

Douglas S. Lowry

Summer S. Mattmann

Nicholas J. McIntee

Joshua D. McNeill

Catherine R. Mendelsohn

Kimberly K. Mickus

Kurt T. Mickus

Daniel. J. Mingrone

Antonio A. Montgomery

Rick Mooday

Dominic L. Purpura

James E. Radle

Bruce D. Reid

Scott C. Roecker

Bryan L. Rosenberg

Emily S. Rosenblum

Nicholas H. Scaljon

Robert F. Schlict

Richard A. Schueneman

Emily S. Schultz-Fellenz

John A. Scircle

Sara A. Sheffer

Lisa M. Szytel

Jay A. Tilden

Christine A. Van Horn

William A. Wanderer

John E. Weckerle

Ronald F. Wells

Brittany Westling

Ebony M. Williams

Keith J. Williams

Roy R. Windham

Meghan B. Wool

Anjali S. Zutshi

 

End State Contracting (ESC) Team

The End State Contracting team substantially redefined the way the Office of Environmental Management (EM) does business with its development of the End State Contracting Model (ESCM). This new contracting approach reflects a paradigm shift for the EM Cleanup Program, and utilizes streamlined acquisition processes, clearly defined end states that achieve accelerated cleanup and significant financial liability and risk reduction, and balanced risk sharing between the Government and contractor. The impact of the ESCM is monumental   and   is   expected   to   result   in   numerous   benefits,   including:  shortened upfront procurement lead times; reduced proposal preparation costs  for  industry; increased competition, yielding better pricing; less complex/risky procurements with reduced proposal evaluation requirements; no contract termination liability if a contractor   performs   poorly;   and   agility   to   handle   fluctuations    in    Federal  funding, changing priorities, and mission needs.  Successfully  implemented,  the  ESCM has the potential to reverse the course  of  increasing  financial  liability  estimates  and could be the linchpin for accelerated cleanup across major DOE-EM sites, yielding significant cost savings to taxpayers.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the ESC Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Nina K. Akgunduz

Darcey R. Bolin

LeAnn M. Brock

George F. Champlain

Joseph H. Chandler

Aaron W. Deckard

Wilmari C. Delgado

Karen L. Flynn

Bryan L. Foley

Brenda L. Hawks

William B. Hensley

Laura L. Hoffman

Daniel P. Knight

David J. Leotta

Benjamin P. Lindholm

MiMi D. Martin

Patrick D. McKeown

Tamara L. Miles

Michael D. O'Hagan

Lina R. Pacheco

Matthew L. Parker

Garth R. Reed

Jennifer L. Sands

Joseph B. Schroeder

Janis L. Ward

Angela S. Watmore

Joseph G. Werbrich

 

Foreign Nuclear Weapon Program Analysis Team

The Foreign Nuclear Weapon Program Analysis Team, comprised of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, contributed to a technically challenging, high priority Intelligence Community Assessment, the results of which will have a direct impact on Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration policy and budgetary decisions. Their expert analytic inputs and extraordinary dedication to an intensive and complete interagency coordination process resulted in an assessment that effectively examines and explains complex technical subjects. Their effort is a significant achievement in advancing the U.S. Government's understanding of a growing foreign nuclear threat and its implications for DOE and national security policy.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Foreign Nuclear Weapon Program Analysis Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Patrick R. Beck

Mark T. Harper

Patrick J. Harwood

Mark C. McDaniel

Gary A. Rutledge

Cary R. Spencer

Jennifer L. Swenson

Guy A. Urbina

David J. Ward

Joseph V. Wasem

 

High-Burnup Cask Demonstration Project

As Nuclear Power Plants increase fuel burnup to extract more energy out of each rod, the Department of Energy (DOE), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and industry needed data to determine if high-burnup fuel had different mechanical properties than    low burnup fuel, and whether such a difference would have greater risk for long term storage and subsequent transportation to a permanent disposal facility.  To obtain this data, DOE, five National Laboratories, and seven companies, with input from the NRC, collaborated in the High-Burnup Dry Storage Cask Research and Development Project. The Demo Project consisted of loading 32 high-burnup assemblies into a full-scale dry storage cask, adding 63 thermocouples within the cask to collect temperature data for 10 years, obtaining interior cask gas samples to ascertain fuel integrity, and collecting baseline mechanical properties on 25 high-burnup fuel rods of similar history to the rods in the cask. The results show that the measured internal cask temperatures are much cooler than thought, which indicates lower internal rod temperatures, which indicates stronger fuel behavior. This information has far reaching impacts across the industry because it means that more than 3,000 loaded high and low burn up spent fuel casks that have been loaded into dry storage can be safely stored and transported, with the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars in savings.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation,  the  High-Burnup Cask Demonstration Project Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Kenneth L. Atkins

Melissa Bates

Bruce B. Bevard

Michael C. Billone

William J. Boyle

Tom A. Brookmire

Charles R. Bryan

 

Gary L. Clark

Ian McKeag Johnson

Jesse R. Colley 

John H. Kessler

Curt L. Crissman

Ned B. Larson

Brayton J. Ford

Steven C. Marschman

James A. Fort

John A. McEntire

JoAnne Hanners

Donald McGee

Brady D. Hanson

Rose A. Montgomery

Paul A. Murray

Richard L. Ridder

Sarah R. Suffield

Prakash A. Narayanan

David W Roberts

David D. Tomlinson

Steven P. Nesbit

Steven B. Ross 

Brian J. Vitiello

Terry M. Perrone

Sylvia J. Saltzstein

 Keith P. Waldrop

Tony A. Pugh

John M. Scaglione

Bryan M. Williams

Jeremy B. Renshaw

Rick W Shimskey

David J. Richmond

Ken B. Sorenson

 

High-Value Component Design and Manufacture Team

Faced with a challenging national security need, the High-Value Component Design and Manufacture Team overcame long odds and an aggressive schedule to invent, design, manufacture, inspect, and deliver a new high-value component, both on-schedule and on-budget. Testing has proven the component and concept work as desired and, as a result, our Nation's ability to meet current and future national security needs with agility, flexibility, and responsiveness has been significantly enhanced. The high-value component creates a first-of-its-kind capability with improved reliability while minimizing the need for precious materials, and promises significant cost savings. The component's properties and performance have advanced the understanding of important physical phenomena and engineering concepts with respect to the performance of critical and highly complex national security systems.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation,  the High-Value Component Design and Manufacture Team is awarded the Secretary  of  Energy's  Achievement Award.

Members:

Eric A. Avalos

Steve E. Benson

Taylor M. Bryson

Mark F. Cunningham

Chuck J. Divin

Eric B. Duoss

Scott E. Fisher

Tim D. Ford

Stuart A. Gammon

Robin D. Gilbert-O'Neil

Alexandra Golobic

Dana M. Goto

Steve J. Guzorek

Sally B. Hall

Mark D. Herynk

Adam W. Jaycox

B.I. Jun

Jeremy M. Lenhardt

Jim Lewicki

Ward Small

RobertS. Maxwell

Christopher M.Spadaccini

Clif H. Mortensen

John Vericella

Jason M. Ortega 

Todd H. Weisgraber

Mark Pearson 

Josh Wen

Lemuel X. Perez

Thomas S. Wilson

Denis T. Richard

Amanda S. Wu

Ken Saito

Mitchell K.Shiflett

Los Alamos National Laboratory Management and Operating Contract Competition Integrated Project Team

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Integrated Project Team demonstrated management excellence in the extraordinary effort put forth during the full and open competition for the LANL Management & Operating (M&O) contract. The team developed an innovative solicitation process which resulted in four highly competitive proposals for the contract valued at over $22 billion (in annual expenditures over 10 years). The team worked closely and collaboratively to ensure they incorporated improved source selection criteria into the solicitation, including a number of new governance initiatives recently launched by NNSA to improve the acquisition process for M&O contracts. The LANL Integrated Project Team contract competition was highly transparent from the pre-solicitation phase to post-award debriefings and met a highly challenging schedule, awarding the contract in less than a year after release of the solicitation, with no protests received.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the LANL Management and Operating Contract Competition Integrated Project Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Leticia Y. Barela

Rocio M. Bolivar

Bernadette L. Chacon

William N. Conwell

Christopher M. Duran

Michael S. Duvall

Gregory F. Gonzales

Karen L. Hart

Clint R. Hilton

Samantha L. Jones

Michelle D. Jordan

Jennifer L. Jung

Ariane S. Kaminsky

William L. Mayers

Virginia A. Odierno

Jeffry L. Roberson

Drake G. Russell

Eric R. Schermerhorn

Megan J. Welborn

Molybdenum-99 Team

In recognition of the outstanding achievement of bringing the first domestically produced Molybdenum 99 (Mo-99) to market in 30 years. Mo-99 is a crucial medical radioisotope, used in over 40,000 medical diagnostic procedures in the United States every day. The Office of Material Management and Minimization Mo-99 Team dedicated countless hours over the past eight years to assist U.S. industry in resolving technical hurdles and maneuvering through a first-of-a-kind regulatory approval process. In addition, the team supported the conversion of several global Mo-99 producers from the use of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) targets to low enriched uranium targets. The Mo-99 Team's effort supports the Department's goal of minimizing the use of HEU in civilian applications and ensures that Mo-99 is available when needed so that U.S. patients continue to receive quality health care. This Mo-99 production milestone was accomplished through coordination with private industry, the healthcare community, the national laboratories, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration. It is a monumental achievement that sets the U.S. on a course as a global leader in producing medical isotopes without the use of HEU.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Molybdenum-99 Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award

Members:

Christopher Bryan

Jessica Halse

Peter Karcz

Parrish Staples

Jeffrey D. Chamberlin

Rilla F. Hamilton

Christopher C. Landers

John Stevens

Alma Contreras

Peter H. Hanlon

Doo H. Lee

Suzanne M. Stewart

Brett S. Cox

Tom Hanlon

Nia McCracken

Peter Tkac

Greg Dale

Kareem J. Hendricks

Tiffany M. Mitchell

Crystal A. Trujillo

Joan M. Dix

John Holland

Mario Pereira

George Vandegrift

Lisa Gibbons

Randy Howell

Anita Poore

Caryn Warsaw

Josetta Goda

Karen Grudzinsk

Colt Jackson

Lloyd Jollay

Jordi Raglans-Ribas

Melissa G. Salome

Amanda Youker

 

NNSA Financial Integration Team

In 2014, the National Defense Authorization Act required NNSA to develop a plan to improve and integrate the financial management of the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE). NNSA Programs and NNSA Management & Operating partners implemented the process of Cost Execution Guidance (CEG) which was the common framework to report direct and indirect costs in a standard and consistent format for NA-10 (Defense Programs) . The desired outcome was to have a clear and consistent cost structure for each program, identify programs of record and base capabilities , monitor program execution and utilize the data to analyze programs and compare the cost of work across the nuclear security enterprise. The process was mandated by Congress and was used to enhance transparency and assist in decision making for future programming and budgeting. In 2018, the CEG data collection was expanded to include NA-20, NA-40, NA-50, NA-70 and NA-80 programs. Under the expansion, the new effort became known as Financial Integration. Sandia National Laboratories has been instrumental in implementing Financial Integration to all NNSA programs supported at the Laborator ies . Sandia provided exceptional partnership with NNSA Financial Integration team and is frequently used as a model for the NSE. Given the importance of this initia tive , Sandia has streamlined the process , which has enabled NNSA to expand beyond NA-10 reporting and encompass other NNSA organizations.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the NNSA Financial Integration Team is awarded the Secretary of Ener gy's Achievement Award

Members:

Emily L. Barnhart

Theresa L. Chaco

Chris L. Dye

Lyle D. Lininger

John R. Moleres

 

NNSA Safety Transformation Team

The Safety Oversight Transformation Office was stood up with the mission of implementing a new paradigm for increased efficiency and effectiveness in safety oversight , which is necessary to appropriately respond to current and future challenges facing safety oversight. The challenges include significant increases in operational mission tempo, the decreasing experience level of safety oversight professionals, and the potential that safety incidents have for significant mission impacts. The team successfully gained key stakeholder support and secured funding to develop an NNSA enterprise-wide data analytics platform for the safety functional area. These efforts will help to innovate safety oversight and enable the crucial NNSA national security missio n.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the NNSA Safety Transformation Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Lester J . Coriz

Patrick C. Romer

Rebecca R. Sipes

Jon H. Thompson

Conrad S. Valencia

 

NNSA Science-Based Infrastructure Stewardship Team

The NNSA Science-Based Infrastructure Stewardship Team developed and implemented new and improved science-based infrastructure tools that resulted in revolutionary changes and significant impact to the NNSA Enterprise. The creative, innovative and collaborative efforts of this team resulted in groundbreaking solutions and data-driven, risk-informed decision-making at NNSA , and led to exceptional infrastructure management. By introducing and improving guidance and strategy documents, including the NNSA Real Property Management Guide and the 2019 Disposition Strategic Plan, and incorporating science-based tools such as NNSA G2 Program Management System, the BUILDER Sustainment Management System, and the Mission Dependency Index, the team has ensured that NNSA is utilizing its resources to meet its multiple, vital national security missions while managing risk in the most effective and efficient manner. These science-based strategies and tools have revitalized NNSA infrastructure by producing exceptional results across the NNSA Enterprise that are integral to mission success in both the short and long term.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the NNSA Science-Based Infrastructure Stewardship Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award .

Members:

Joelle P. Altamirano

Cody W Alton

Adrian Anderson

Fritz W Auguste

Na'ilah N. Bowden

Michelle Cann

Tyson C. Deschamp

Ashley K. Doleman

Sheila Feddis

Savannah A. Fitzwater

Daniel J . Gonzales

Fallon K. Gordon

Jessica M. Kunkle

Stephanie L. Loyd

James J. McConnell

Sara N. Newton

Thomas C. Orr, Jr.

Incheol J. Pang

John V. Rissler

Thomas P. Robinson

Kenneth B. Sheely

Janice L. Stull

Brady R. Wenrich

Catherine A. Williams

Grecia Cosio

Anika Khanna

Deborah Couchman-Griswold

Julie B. Krebs

Brian C. Dabruzz

Justine A. Perkowski

Kaylyn A. Peters

Thomas J . Wilson

James L. Winter

 

Pit Production Analysis Team

The Pit Production Analysis Team provided outstanding effort in support of re-establishing the Na tio n's Plutonium Pit Production. On May 10, 2018, the NNSA Administrator provided a recommended alternative to revitalize the United States' defense plutonium production capabilities and achieve the Department of Defense 's requirement to produce no fewer than 80 pits per year by 2030. The tea m's work resulted in one of the most significant NNSA policy decisions in nearly a decades -- identifying viable sites for the production of plutonium pits to ensure the future sustainment of the nuclear weapons stockpile. Their exceptional collaboration across the nuclear security enterprise in developing an analysis of alte rnat ives, engineering assessment, and workforce analysis was an integral achievement and is the basis of this policy decision.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Pit Production Analysis Team is awarded the Secretary of Ene rgy 's Achievement Award.

Members:

Ian A. Andrews

Brittany Atkinson

Chris Bader Mark

Bronson Vann Bynum

Matthew Champagney

Kelly N. Cummins

Alan J . Cunningham

Scott Da

Chris Davis

Steven Mark Dinehart

Laura M. Driscoll

Timothy P. Driscoll

Fana Gebeyehu -Houston

Chris Gruber

Summer N. Jones

Geoff Kaiser

Jack Kasper

Kyle Kondrat

Drew Kornreich

Scott Kubaryk

Cameron A. Manning

Sachiko W McAlhany

William McNavage

John P. Michele

Katherine E. Patton-Hall

Matthew A. Proveaux

Bob Putnam

Teresa M. Robbins

Bradford G. Storey

Stephen Stout

Benjamin L. Wang

E'von M. Ware

Tyler F. Wean

 

Summit and Sierra Team

The Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore (CORAL) Project is a collaboration between the NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program and the Office of Science's Advanced Scientific Computing Research program that culminates in high-performance supercomputers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL}, Argonne National La borato ry, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). CORAL'.s Summit and Sierra supercomputing systems are the direct result of an extended partnership with two of the CORAL labs (LLNL and ORNL) and three leading technology providers (IBM, NVIDIA, and Mellanox). The Summit and Sierra procurements resulting from CORAL are delivering breakthrough insights in science and national secur ity. They have transformed the international landscape in high performance computing, and they will influence the modernization of future generations of computing throughout the Department of Energy complex. With these new machines, the U.S . is reasserting its leadership in an area of technology that is central to scientific discovery, industrial com petitiveness , and national secur it y.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Summit and Sierra Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Awa rd.

Members:

James P. Abston

Dong H. Ahn

Anna Maria Bailey

Ashley D. Barker

Adam D. Bertsch

William R. Besancenez

Katherine L. Bethea

Arthur S. Bland

Michael J. Brim

Sam D. Brinker

Ben N. Casses

Bronis R. deSupinsk

Chris P. Deprater

Dave M. Fox

George Al Geist

David P. Goett

Robin J. Goldstone

Elsa J. Gonsiorowski

John C. Gyllenhaal

Bart A. Hammontree

Oscar R. Hernandez

Judith C. Hill

Daniel K. Hoag

Brandon N. Hong

H. Sarp Oral

Wayne D. Joubert

Terri M. Quinn

Ian Karlin

James H. Rogers

Judson A. Kingman

Tjerk P. Straatsma

Matt L. Leininger

Gary M. Ward

Dustin B. Leverman

Py C. Watson

Don E. Maxwell

Lance D. Weems

Michel G. McCoy

Justin L. Whitt

Veronica G. Melesse

Vergara Homer T. Williamson

Adam T. Moody J

ohn C. Young

Rob Neely

Christopher J . Zimmer

 

Tennessee Valley Authority Collaboration Team

NNSA's collaboration with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has led to two significant achievements - the Interagency Agreement (IA) and the License Amendment Request (LAR). The IA ensures that NNSA has the ability to provide unobligated low-enriched uranium fuel for tritium production until a more long-term solution can be establis hed. By turning a Departmental liability into an asset and ensuring a maximum return on taxpayer dollars, the IA maximizes time and conserves funding before a new uranium enrichment capability is needed, significantly reducing future risk and cost to the Department. The LAR allows for the irradiation of tritium producing burnable absorber rods in Watts Bar Nuclear Unit 2, which is necessary to meet the projected demand for tritium needed for the nuclear deterrent.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Natio n, the Tennessee Valley Authority Collaboration Team is awarded the Secretary of Ener gy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Audrey E. Beldio

Kevin Dutton

Predrag Mastilovic

Christine Setter

Jeffrey J. Bland

Becky G. Eddy

Jeff McGuire

Timothy Setter

Carla Borrelli

Nanette D. Founds

Robert Montgomery

John Strange

David M. Brown

D. Kyle Fowler

Paul Mulcahy

Cheryl Thornhill

Yvette Buckner

Herb Garrett

Dean Paxton

Rita A. Varley

Kim Burns

Tom Gerlowski

Goug Pollock

Ashley Wach

Mark Burzynski

Ben Hammargren

Robert J. Poole

Russell Wells

Chris Carey

Mike Keck

Bruce Reid

Gary Wolfram

Curtis A. Chambellan

Ed Love

Margaret G. Schwenker

Eddie Woods

Charlie Davi

Zita Martin

Dave Senor

 

The U.S. Nuclear Energy Innovation: Clean Energy Future Initiative Team

The U.S. Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy (NICE) Future Initiative Team advanced a fresh and exciting initiative that envisions clean energy systems that take advantage of emissions-free nuclear energy in new and innovative ways to accelerate progress toward clean energy goa ls . The NICE Future Team's vision, outside-the-box thinking, great fe rvor, and enthusiasm have led to an initiative that has been visionary and groundbreaking. The initiative has been broad-reaching, resonating with clean energy advocates around the world. Response to this initiative  has been tremendously positive, empowering new conversation about nuclear energy innovations and nuclear energy 's roles or potential roles within the context of clean energy systems of the future. Through the team's efforts, the NICE Future Initiative shows that nuclear energy can be integrated with other clean energy technologies in many ways to create a thriving, emissions-free economy.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the U.S. Nuclear Energy Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) Initiative Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Michael Baham

Melissa Bates

Ann S. Bisconti

Giulia R. Bisconti

Shannon Bragg-Sitton

Colette Brown

Joseph Campbell

Alice Caponiti

Jon Carmack

Russell Conklin

Katie Contos 

Jordan Co

Armando Crosland

Jennifer DeCesaro

Aleshia Duncan

Carrie Edwards

Jill Engel

Cox Sharwyn

Fryer Mary

Gillespie Sal Golub

Jae Goodman

Cory Hatch

Vickie Healey

Hank Hogan

 

Suzanne Jaworowski

Alencia Jenkins

R. Shane Johnson

Madeline Lefton

Sarah Lennon

Mike Meshek

Ingrid Milton

Mike Mueller

Robert Mussier

Erik Ness

Alexandra Nowak

 

Thomas J . O'Connor

Karla Olsen

Lindsay Parker

Kortny Rolston

Michelle Scott

Karen Singh

Sotirios Thomas

Alisa Trunzo

Sean Tyson

Billy Valderrama

Bradley Williams

 

United Kingdom Highly Enriched Uranium Removal Team

The United Kingdom Highly Enriched Uranium Removal Team efforts contributed to the safe removal and transport of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the United Kingdom to the United States to be down blended to low enriched uranium. This was the largest HEU removal campaign the United States completed in the history of the Office of Material Management and Minimization Nuclear Material Removal Program. This effort was coordinated among more than a dozen organizations in the United Kingdom and United States. The team worked collaboratively to overcome obstacles presented by the scope and complexity of the mission in order to facilitate the safe and secure packaging and transport of the HEU to a secure DOE facility. This effort, which presented challenges due to the quantity and diversity of the nuclear material, advanced U.S. and global goals on nuclear security and contributed to a significant net reduction in worldwide HEU holdings.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the United Kingdom HEU Removal Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Ross E. Agee

Vivienne Byrd

Lisa Gibbons

Randall Holmes

Deborah Newberry

John Shumpert

Scott Anderson

Anthony Cappel

Daniel Giusti

William Hunt

Walter North

Terri L. Slack

Trent Andes

David J. Castellano

William F. Gonzales

Doug Iden

Andrew Oiland

Joshua Smith

Robert L. Ange

Tammy Caswell

Jeffrey Gossett

Lloyd Jollay

Alicia Ojeda

Gary Spradlen

Jeffrey Arbital

Douglas Clark

Stormi Gray

Joseph Keith

Javier Orozco

Ronald D. Spurlock

Jayvin Arbore

Robert J. Cole

Andrew Grimes

Christopher Kerker

Jose Perez

Suzanne M. Stewart

Neil Aronson

Bradley W Collins

Jessica Halse

Dustin B. Ladd

Glenn Pfennigwerth

Ronald Stockton

Jerry W Ashburn, II

JohnM. Cox

Timothy Hampton

Frank Lambdin

Karen Pilcher

Roy Stout

Matthew Bailey

Scott Crow

Aaron Hanby

Brian E. Lewis

Jonathan Pinkard

James Strickland

Brian Baldwin

Derrick Dameron

Peter H. Hanlon

John Luttrel

Heather Pridemore

Scott E. Tester

Laurie Ballard

Adrian De La Fuentes

Todd Hawk

Robert S. Lykens

Alan J. Quartararo, Jr.

Eric Thomas

Deborah Barker

Matthew Dearborn

James R. Heidbrink

Brian Martin

James Radford

Barak Tjader

J.D. Baughman

Neil Delaney

Grant Heinrich

Katherine Martin

Daniel C. Ray

Michael Tuell

Brittany Bean

Sarah L. Dickerson

Brooke Held

Patrick Marzluff

Douglas Reimer

Danielle Turpin

Jay Beesemyer

Artis Douglass

Ross Henderson

Lee Mathis

Johnathan D. Rice

Jimmy Villerral

Derek Bell

Becky G. Eddy

Jim Henkel

Jason McCall

Danny Riley

J.T. Walker

Lucas Berreckman

Trevor Evans

Mike Henry

Jim McDonald

Elliott Riling

Hannah Ward

Tiffany A. Blanchard-Case

Kim Fabian

Matthew Herzberg

Alexandra S. Meehan

Larry Roberson

Patrick Warfel

Janet Borden

Jonathan Fabis

Kimberly Heyne

Dorian Mergen

Amanda Robillard

Tiffany Watts

Robert Bridges

Kevin D. Ferrell

Justin Higdon

Douglas Messerli

Scott A. Roecker

Keith Weatherly

Kenneth T. Brown

Robert Ferrell

Seth Hillman

Richard Michelhaugh

Brian K. Scarborough

Stacey Williams

William Brown

William Fisher

Katherine Hinkel

Michael M. Miller

J.C. Schilling

Ricky C. Wilson

Richard Brownlee

Stacey Foster

Timothy Hixson

Joshua Mitchell

Joshua Schwartz

Brandon Ybarra

Michael Burgess Aaron Burlingam

Marty Fritts Michael Fuja

Jared E. Halas Daniel Holder

Tammy Narramore Timothy Neal

Kenneth Self

Cheryl A. Young

 

Warhead Measurement Campaign Team

The Warhead Measurement Campaign (WMC) was a collaborative effort involving staff from Global Security and Weapons organizations at several National Labs and a National Nuclear Security Administration production facility. The objective was to obtain a standardized set of radiation signature data from U.S. stockpile weapons to support treaty verification and emergency response studies, as well as other nuclear nonproliferation and defense program needs. The project also included a modeling effort to evaluate the current capability for predicting radiation signatures. There were many challenging aspects to this project beyond  the measurements and modeling, including the authorization process and "need-to-know" based security plans for protecting classified information. Over the course of the WMC, measurements were taken of many weapons and weapons components with a wide range of radiation detection techniques. Comparisons between simulated and measured data were also performed. These activities resulted in a well-documented, consistent set of data that can be used to perform warhead verification studies, improve analysis techniques, and validate modeling tools, which can then be used to optimize detector design for future applications. This dataset is currently being sought out to support efforts in ways that were not necessarily anticipated in the original conception. This would not have been possible without the initiative, dedication, and extraordinary caliber of the multi-institution team.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Warhead Measurement Campaign Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

Luis G. Amezcua

J. Adam Davis

Lee T. Harding

Robert C. Little

Craig A. Noltensmeyer

Melinda Sweany

Henry R. Anaya, Jr.

Daniel J. Decman

Paul A. Hausladen

David B. Longinotti

Lauren A. Parker

Arlan D. Swihart

Nicholas A. Baker

Israel J. Delossantos

Kristin L. Hertz

C. David Lovell

Manoj K. Prasad

Eric D. Sword

J. Lawrence Barela

David J. Desimone

Steven M. Horne

Peter Marleau

Mohini Rawool-Sullivan

Jay C. Taylor

C. JaneAnne Bell

AmyN. Drumm

Jesson D. Hutchinson

Amy L. Matteucci

J. Blair Rhodes

Lisa A. Theisen

Matthew A. Blackston

Michael W Enghauser

Patrick B. Hylton

Daniel P. McCarthy

Isaac f Salazar

Jeret D. Thompson

Wayne M. Blodgett

Katherine C. Frame

Randall E. Kamm

Seth M. McConchie

Paul J. Salazar

Patricia R. Thompson

Erik Brubaker

J. Patrick Garcia

Gregory J. Keefer

HaliAnne McGee-Hilbert

Justin E. Scott

Gregory G. Thoreseon

Bonnie E. Canion

Scott E. Garner

Scott Kiff

Krista C. Meierbachtol

Steven A. Sheets

David K. Warner

Curtis L. Chamberlain

Andrew M. Glenn

Kimberly L. Klain

Dean J. Mitchell

Kevin P. Smale

Martin R. Williamson

J. David Court

Jeffrey D. Hagerty

Michael A. Koehl

Christopher N. Moorehead

Morag K. Smith

Ronald E. Wurtz

Christopher N. Danie

Scott T. Hancock

Nathalie J. Le Galloudec

Leslie f Nakae

Avneet Sood

Jennifer S. Young

 

Urgent Nuclear Material Removal Team

The members of the Urgent Nuclear Material Removal Team contributed to the successful execution of an urgent nuclear material removal operation and material analysis effort in spring 2018. The team cooperated closely with its international partner to execute the timely, safe, and secure packaging and transport of nuclear material to a secure Department of Energy (DOE) facility for further analysis. After arriving at the U.S . location, the team successfully expedited a thorough material characterization effort. The international partner expressed its strong appreciation for the team's quick and professional support. The team was required to operate on an accelerated schedule and their flexibility in scoping the mission and ability to quickly solve problems allowed the operational timeline to be reduced from months to a matter of weeks. Due to the team's dedication and extensive experience working together on removal operations, the campaign serves as a model for how the Department and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) can conduct future missions of a similar nature. This effort was coordinated closely with the National Security Council, which tracked the project from its inception to its swift comp le tion . The successful execution of this missio n was a clear demonstration to the U.S. government interagency of DO E/NNSA's unparalleled technical expertise and project management experience in the area of nuclear mate rial packaging and transport operatio ns. This effort has directly and substantially advanced DOE, U.S. Gove rnment , and global goals on nuclear security and nonproliferation.

For their contribution to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Urgent Nuclear Material Removal Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy 's Achievement Award.

Members:

Andy Akin

Scott Anderson

Trent Andes

Robert L. Ange

Matthew Bailey

Jay Beesemyer

Derek Bell

Tiffany A Blanchard-Case

William Brown

Aaron Burlingame

David J. Castellan

 

J ohn M. Cox

Sarah L. Dickerson

Becky G. Eddy

William T. Fandel

Robert Ferrell

William F. Gonzales

Jessica Halse

Timothy Hampton

Peter H. Hanlon

Mike Henry

Seth Hillman

Cory Hudson

Sean Ide

Daniel J . Mingrone

Jessica Norles

Sean E. Oehlbert

Harsh Parikh

Jonathan Pinkard

Michael Quinn

James Radford

Daniel C. Ray

Douglas Reimer

Scott A Roecker

Brian K. Scarborough

Russell Schmidt

Kenneth Self

Sara A Sheffer

Ronald Spurlock

Barak Tjader

Kevin D. Veal

 

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Volume of Record Permit Modification Request Team

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Volume of Record Permit Modification Request Team's efforts contributed to the development of a new accounting method for waste disposal, preparation of a permit modification request to the State of New Mexico , and support for the approval of the permit modification. Their efforts included numerous meetings with the State and key stakeholders as well as the development of supporting information which were key to the fast approval of the permit mod ifica tio n. This permit modification will ensure WIPP can continue to meet the DOE com ple x's environmental clean-up and national defense missions for years to come.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the WIPP Volume of Record Permit Modification Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

Members:

L. Brett Babb

George T Basabilvazo

Michael R. Brown

Rey C. Carrasco

Richard R. Chave

Dennis N. Cook

Karen A. Day J

ill I. Farnsworth

Gordan Gjerapic

Michael Gross

Myles S. Hall

Robert F. Kehrman

Jeffery C. Myers

Mell J . Roy

Anthony R. Stone

Ashley N. Urquidez

Ashley M. Waldram

Michael R. Walentine

The Secretary of Energy’s Excellence Award

This award is bestowed on individuals who have a singular accomplishment that demonstrates a high level of performance and outstanding leadership in public service. The individual’s overall achievement must be substantial, outside the normal course of duty and significantly benefit the Department’s mission and the Nation.

Excellence Award Recipients

Michael C. Bocskovits: Contract Specialist, UPF Project Management Office

Michael C. Bocskovits Headshot

In recognition of his outstanding leadership in establishing a fee mechanism for the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) that fully aligns with Deputy Secretary Memorandum Policy directing the Department of Energy to establish contract mechanisms to hold DOE contractors accountable for performance of the overall contract. The fee structure developed, approved, and negotiated with the Management and Operating (M&O) contractor for the UPF project incentivizes both cost and schedule performance over the life of the project. Under this fee structure, all fee is provisional until earned and the portion of fee associated with cost performance is fully recoverable until the end of the project, which encompasses 10 years of performance. This fee structure has been used on three scopes of work on the UPF Project to date. Each of these scopes of work have been completed on or ahead of schedule, and over $100M under budget. For the remaining UPF scope, Mr. Bocskovits successfully negotiated $300M of savings to achieve a final target price of $3.54B. His leadership, tenacity, and overall understanding of construction contracting have established a fee structure that not only holds the contractor accountable, it also encourages cost savings to the Government by rewarding contractors that achieve a final cost below a target price. The fee structure also penalizes the contractor for poor performance by withholding or recovering fee if the project is not completed on time or within the negotiated target price.

For his contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, Mr. Michael C. Bocskovits is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Excellence Award.

Julie Alexis Carruthers: Senior Science and Technology Advisor, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs

Julie Carruthers Headshot

Dr. Julie Carruthers led the creation of a comprehensive multi-point action plan designed to define, establish and articulate the official policy and position of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science (SC) on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), including the identification of harassment of any kind as research misconduct. The establishment of this plan required a high degree of coordination with multiple DOE units and other Federal offices. Dr. Carruthers’ success in leading people and leading change to achieve a major advance illuminated one of her superior capabilities: the ability to engage and influence people and organizations. This is the latest in a series of exceptional contributions during 11 years of dedicated service and leadership, in which time Dr. Carruthers effected disruptive positive change and progress to maximize the impact, effectiveness, and efficiency of DOE and SC, and promote progressive thinking and action in multiple agencies and institutions with which she has engaged. Dr. Carruthers’ breakthrough efforts underscore her unending strong commitment to effectively steward the future of U.S. science, including tireless efforts to ensure social equity in STEM programs and equal access for all applicants and awards made on peer review evidence-based merit. Her groundbreaking contributions have been foundational in shaping the corporate identity of the DOE Office of Science, the largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences.

For her contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, Dr. Julie Alexis Carruthers is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Excellence Award.

R. Shane Johnson: Deputy Assistant Secretary, Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Deployment, Office of Nuclear Energy

R. Shane Johnson headshot

Mr. Johnson’s career with DOE is defined as a continuum of significant accomplishments of national importance focused on the successful deployment of nuclear energy technologies. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in all aspects of the Office of Nuclear Energy, rising through the engineering program ranks to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Acting Assistant Secretary, leading many of the Office’s impactful and highly visible programs. His vision and leadership were central to securing nuclear energy as a viable foundational element of U.S. energy policies and ensuring the health and vitality of nuclear energy technologies within the DOE National Laboratory complex, the Nation’s nuclear engineering universities, and the U.S. commercial sector. Mr. Johnson’s vision, strategic integration of programs and participants, and unparalleled leadership have secured the U.S. at the forefront of global nuclear technology innovation and application.

For his contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, Mr. R. Shane Johnson is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Excellence Award.

The Presidential Rank Awards

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 established the Presidential Rank Awards Program
to recognize a select group of career members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) for exceptional performance over an extended period of time. Later, the Rank Award statute was amended to extend eligibility to senior career employees with a sustained record of exceptional professional, technical, and/or scientific achievement recognized on a national or international level. Two categories of Presidential Rank Award are available.

  • Distinguished Rank Recipients: These individuals are recognized for sustained extraordinary accomplishment, and receive a cash award of 35 percent of their base salary. Only one percent of the career SES or SL/ST may receive this rank.
  • Meritorious Rank Recipients:  These individuals are recognized for sustained accomplishment, and receive a cash award of 20 percent of their base salary. No more than five percent of career SES or SL/ST members may receive this award.
Meritorious Rank Recipients

Virginia A. Pearson: Senior Advisor, Energy Information Administration

Virginia Pearson Headshot

Ms. Virginia Pearson was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for her sustained accomplishments as the Assistant Administrator for Communications for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). She led EIA strategy and operations for communicating information used by the Administration, Congress, industry, financial markets, consumers, and other stakeholders to make critical energy decisions. Ms. Pearson has been an entrepreneurial, visionary, and versatile leader who leveraged limited resources to effectively integrate and transform EIA’s offline and online communications and dissemination channels.

Ms. Pearson spearheaded a comprehensive corporate rebranding and website redesign initiative for EIA that in 2011 helped re-introduce the agency and its initiatives and programs. Concurrent with the rebranding, she headed up a sweeping overhaul of the 207,000-page EIA.gov website to make it easier to find the abundance of EIA information and better showcase the breadth and depth of the EIA’s data.

Ms. Pearson led the consolidation of information and data dissemination operations, contracting, and management functions across EIA and developed a more nimble operational structure that has achieved greater productivity, responsiveness, collaboration, cost efficiency, and product innovation. This enabled her to create a data ecosystem of interlinked online query tools, interactive charts and maps, and a robust open data program that liberated much of the agency’s time-series data that were previously locked in inaccessible formats. Data calls to EIA’s application programming interface now vastly outpace visits to the EIA’s public website. As a result of her efforts, EIA now has a unique, innovative communications function and an award-winning array of products and services—focusing primarily on digital—that are widely regarded as models across the Federal government.

Distinguished Rank Recipients

Philip T. Calbos: Principle Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration

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Mr. Philip Calbos was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive for his sustained extraordinary accomplishments to the nuclear sector of the Department of Energy. As the Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Programs, Mr. Calbos is responsible for ensuring and enhancing the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, overseeing $10 billion annually, and leading nearly 700 Federal employees across eight national laboratories, sites, and plants throughout the United States. From July 2015 through October 2018, Mr. Calbos also served as the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs in the absence of a Presidential-appointed and Senate-confirmed Deputy Administrator. Prior to these roles at NNSA, Mr. Calbos served at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as the Branch Chief for Military Operations, Personnel, and Support in the National Security Division from 2007 to 2011. At OMB, Mr. Calbos was responsible for the leadership, oversight, and analysis of 60 percent of the Department of Defense (DoD) budget ($422 billion in FY 2010) encompassing DoD’s day-to-day operational, military personnel, and war costs.

Under his direction and guidance, NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs implemented a rigorous Analysis of Alternatives process. Through a disciplined approach that considered complex portfolio tradeoffs between mission risk, schedule, and effectiveness, his efforts resulted in planned delivery of several key capabilities with documented cost avoidance of over $6.6 billion in life-cycle costs and over $3 billion in non-recurring costs. Moreover, as Co- Chairman of the joint DOE-DoD Nuclear Weapons Council Standing and Safety Committee, Mr. Calbos articulately represented and advocated for DOE’s policies and positions of interests while working closely with DoD colleagues to resolve several technical and resource challenges. Mr. Calbos’ management record and leadership philosophy reflect his support of professional development opportunities for his staff, many of whom have been promoted to the Senior Executive Service and recognized for their contributions.

Charles W. Taylor

Charles W. Taylor Headshot

Mr. Charles Taylor was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive for his sustained extraordinary accomplishments as the Senior Naval Reactors (NR) Representative, Newport News, Virginia, for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Mr. Taylor is the highest-ranking Government representative at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), the largest builder of Navy ships in the United States, and is a major driver in enhancing and sustaining the military readiness of the Navy through his oversight of over $30 billion in programs to construct, maintain, modernize, and retire nuclear-powered ships. Mr. Taylor provided leadership, strategic, and technical direction to his staff of 28 naval officers and three Government civilians who oversee more than 20,000 NNS employees working locally and worldwide to plan, direct, and execute naval nuclear engineering work and testing. Mr. Taylor produced exceptional programmatic results year after year in NR’s most challenging field office position. The Government has over $30 billion in contracts with NNS, including current contracts to build FORD and VIRGINIA-Class ships as well as overhaul NIMITZ and LOS ANGELES-Class ships. Mr. Taylor has proven highly successful in his ability to deliver results in a high-tempo, high-visibility, and high-stress environment.

Mr. Taylor spearheaded the construction, testing, and delivery of the USS GERALD R. FORD, the first ship in the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier class. As NR’s senior on-site representative at the shipbuilder, he safely established initial operation and testing of FORD’s two new-design nuclear reactors, a rare event in the nuclear industry that was last accomplished by the Navy over a decade ago with initial operation of the new reactor in the first VIRGINIA-Class submarine. Throughout the arduous 15-month process to test the integrated reactor, steam, and electric plants for the first time, he demonstrated his ability to determine the range of technically acceptable solutions to issues, and exercised keen judgment in balancing competing factors to select the way ahead and overcome adverse circumstances. His efforts greatly reduced risks to the $12.9 billion shipbuilding program that were associated with a decades-old programmatic decision to prove the new designs shipboard, rather than in a land-based prototype plant.

Mr. Taylor expertly applied his vast experience with ship maintenance to drive numerous key initiatives during the $2 billion mid-life overhaul of the aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Carrier overhauls are known in the ship maintenance community as the most challenging engineering and industrial task undertaken anywhere. His efforts on these and other major recapitalization efforts furthered NR’s outstanding safety record and delivered LINCOLN back to the Navy from her four-year overhaul, and subsequent two-month availability, ready for the next 25 years of her service life in support of national security tasking.

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