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Advance U.S. national security and economic growth through transformative science and technology innovation that promotes affordable and reliable energy through market solutions and meets our nuclear security and environmental cleanup challenges.
The Department of Energy (DOE) enterprise is comprised of approximately 14,000 federal employees and over 95,000 management and operating contractor and other contractor employees at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and 83 field locations. DOE operates a nationwide system of 17 national laboratories that provides world-class scientific, technological, and engineering capabilities, including the operation of national scientific user facilities used by thousands of researchers from academia, government, and industry. The range, scale, and excellence of science and technology (S&T) at the DOE laboratories provide strategic assets to accomplish DOE missions, support government responses to unforeseen domestic and international emergencies, and provide technical capabilities to help shape the global S&T agenda.
In response to changing needs and an extended energy crisis, Congress passed the Department of Energy Organization Act in 1977, creating one of the most diverse agencies in the federal Government. The legislation brought together for the first time, not only most of the Government’s energy programs, but also science and technology programs and defense responsibilities that included the design, construction, and testing of nuclear weapons. The Department provided the framework for a comprehensive and balanced national energy plan by coordinating and administering the energy functions of the federal Government. The Department undertook responsibility for long-term, high-risk research and development (R&D) of energy technology, federal power marketing, some energy conservation activities, the nuclear weapons programs, some energy regulatory programs, and a central energy data collection and analysis program.
The Department’s organizational chart is located here.
To access additional agency performance documents visit the agency’s website.
The Gears of Government Awards recognize individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically around mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship.
Department of Energy award winners are listed below.
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Revolutionized the National Nuclear Security Administration’s management methodologies which led to increased collaboration among staff and significant progress towards achieving national security objectives.
Developed a power source to support deep space travel that outlasts existing fuel sources. Using stirling technology, this team tested a fuel source that paves the way for future manned missions to Mars and ensures that astronauts have adequate electrical power for long-term missions.
Reduced recurring maintenance and operational costs by modernizing the Nuclear Materials Management and Safeguards System, which provides timely and accurate data on the movement of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Originally estimated to cost $13M, the modernization was completed within projected budget allocations of $3.5M.
Transferred the ownership of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to the local government. The team worked with the local government to ensure that this transfer was accomplished in 12 months. The successful transfer will save $500,000 annually.
Protected the country from energy supply disruptions by leading a strategic review of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and worked with Congress and the Executive Branch to make improvements.
Modernized the Office of Fossil Energy’s management, IT, and workforce practices to align with industry best practices and implemented a strategic communications plan for the America First Energy Plan.
Improved safety culture through the implementation of safety standards within DOE facilities. These standards have been applied in other federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation.
Saved $500,000 in annual operating expenses by transferring ownership of the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) in Tennessee to the local government. Built in 1949, the AMSE memorializes the city’s role in developing the Manhattan Project.
Modernized workforce strategies for the National Nuclear Security Administration enabling the agency to improve recruitment and adapt to rapidly-changing mission needs.
Increased transparency and accountability through the use of geospatial data through a collaborative, interagency approach, which led to the creation of the Geospatial Science Program Management Office.
Improved Department of Energy security processes through the implementation of new security policies that resolved vulnerabilities and secured sensitive information within laboratories.
Decreased administrative costs of managing DOE facilities by 50%, which will save taxpayers $900,000 per year. Steve’s work to redesign the DoE’s decades-old facilities review audit program has made the process more efficient and effective.
Improved government security systems through the development of a risk assessment tool. The tool has been used to protect the national electric critical infrastructure and has saved the taxpayer millions of dollars.