Thomas Johnson, Jr. was appointed Deputy Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Operations Office (DOE-SR) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina in September 2018. As the Deputy Manager, he has broad leadership responsibility for approximately $1 billion in annual operating and construction activities at SRS in the areas of environmental stewardship, and nuclear materials processing and disposition. Mr. Johnson entered the Senior Executive Service under a limited-term appointment in June 2011 and became a career member in November 2012.
Prior to this appointment, he served as the DOE-SR Associate Deputy Manager from May 2015 to September 2018. As the DOE-SR Associate Deputy Manager, Mr. Johnson was responsible for all business-related functions at SRS, which include: human resources; organizational culture, safety and quality assurance; budget formulation and implementation; project planning, management, and integration; and award of new contracts and contract administration.
Previously, Mr. Johnson served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management at DOE Headquarters from 2012-2015. His responsibilities included overseeing the award and execution of major contracts (valued at greater than $25 million) and the application of sound project management techniques to ensure the complete and safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research at DOE sites throughout the United States.
Mr. Johnson’s early federal career service included positions in engineering, design, construction, and project management with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in its Charleston, South Carolina, office (1981-1992). Before joining DOE, he served as a Remedial Project Manager at the Savannah River Site (1992-2006), then as a Federal Project Director at the DOE Energy Technology Engineering Center located near Simi Valley, California (2007-2009), before taking over the role of Deputy Director and then Director of the $6 billion Environmental Management (EM) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Program at DOE Headquarters (2009-2012). Under his guidance and technical expertise, EM achieved significant acceleration in its cleanup program through the ARRA Program at the 18 recipient sites and ultimately reduced its environmental contamination footprint by 690 square miles.
Mr. Johnson obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Resource Management from the University of South Carolina. He is a certified Federal Project Director, Contracting Officer Representative and Registered Environmental Manager. He and his wife, Christina reside in Lexington, South Carolina and have six adult children.