Ronald (Ron) T. Bartholomew has served as the Director, Office of Safeguards, Security and Emergency Services (OSSES) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Operations Office (SR) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina, since June 2002. Mr. Bartholomew has over 48 years of experience in government service in the fields of communication security, military intelligence, nuclear security, counterintelligence, physical security and emergency services.
As OSSES Director, Mr. Bartholomew oversees and manages safeguards, security and emergency service activities at SRS. He provides overall leadership and direction to the Site’s security contractor organizations regarding the safe, effective execution of policies and programs in the areas of physical, information, internal, and personnel security; classification and declassification; computer security; technical surveillance countermeasures; foreign travel; protective force; materials control and accountability; and emergency services.
Mr. Bartholomew’s responsibilities include: managing, overseeing, and/or providing applicable contractor direction related to Personnel Security; Information Security; Classification and UCNI Programs; Protective Force operations; Transportation Security for Foreign Research Reactor Spent Fuel; and associated programs. In this leadership capacity, he develops security policy; implements directives; evaluates security program and activities for compliance and effectiveness; and monitors and assesses the performance of the SRS protective force and operating contractors. Additionally, Mr. Bartholomew oversees information management operations of federal, contractor, and support service contractor organizations and serves as the Chairperson of the Performance Evaluation Committee and Award Fee Board for the SRS security services contractor.
Mr. Bartholomew’s skill and experience extends to contract transitioning, serving in 2008 as the DOE Transition Manager to provide executive oversight for the successful transition of a $4 billion Management and Operating contract from one prime contractor to another. The successful transition required the development of a Project Execution Plan, Transition Operating Plans, and Lines of Inquiry for transfer of all major Site work scopes.
Before joining DOE, Mr. Bartholomew served in the U.S. Army for 15 years in several capacities, including communication security, nuclear security, and counterintelligence. After leaving the military, Mr. Bartholomew continued his service with the Department of Defense as an Investigator and later as a Physical Security Specialist. He joined the DOE-Savannah River Operations Office in June 1987 and was appointed Director, Internal Security Division in 1990.