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National Nuclear Security Administration

Oct 05, 2017


The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (the Act) directs the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration to develop and carry out an implementation plan to reform the governance and management of the nuclear security enterprise. The plan will address recommendations—except those requiring legislation—from the November 2014 report of the Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise, entitled “A New Foundation for the Nuclear Security Enterprise,” as well as recommendations from an October 2015 study by the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories and a June 2015 report of the Secretary of Energy Task Force on DOE National Laboratories.

Project Description

The Act directs NNSA’s Administrator to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration to create an Implementation Assessment Panel to:

  1. Provide guidance to the Secretary and Administrator on the implementation plan content;
  2. Track implementation plan progress; and
  3. Assess implementation plan effectiveness.

NAPA and NAS have formed a joint Implementation Assessment Panel. The Panel will oversee the work of the joint NAPA/NAS study team, providing strategic guidance on study approach and focus, and issuing key findings and recommendations. The 14 Panel members bring a wealth of experience from DOE Science Laboratories, Federally Funded Research & Development Centers, the Intelligence Community, Academia, and the Office of Management and Budget.