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Energy Department Management and Operations

January 17, 2013 - 12:00pm

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The Energy Departments headquarters is located at the Forrestal Building in Washington, DC. | Energy Department photo, credit Quentin Kruger.

The Energy Departments headquarters is located at the Forrestal Building in Washington, DC. | Energy Department photo, credit Quentin Kruger.

Our main effort is for a sustained commitment to achieve management and operational excellence, which is identified as one of the four strategic goals for the Department.

We are focused on the safe, secure, efficient, and effective mission execution, and results/actions are tracked via 52 Measures of Performance which were established and aligned with the Department’s Strategy.   Accountability is a key in achieving results. Transparency is maintained, as the explanation of “why” and the “purpose” behind each Measure of Performance, and how each linked to our higher strategy and mission is available to all DOE employees via the award winning Energy.Gov website as well as the DOE interactive Wikipedia site called Powerpedia. Employees are encouraged to provide their good ideas and real time feedback towards how we could be more efficient and effective.  We are recognizing excellence, as “Secretary Achievement Awards” have been presented to employees quarterly during the past two years which recognized over 75 individuals and Teams.  Additionally, annual Secretary Honor Awards ceremonies were conducted in October 2011 and 2012 (which included a celebration of DOE’s 35th anniversary).

RESULTS:

• Corporate (across boundary) collaboration is the best that it has been in years.
• Quality executive decisions are being made 10 times faster.
• The Department of Energy’s cost saving/avoidance efficiencies totaled $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2011 and nearly $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2012. The first ever unified (DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration) Information Technology modernization strategy was approved, which is expected to yield significant savings in Fiscal Year 2013 and beyond. 
• We initiated a robust Continual Learning Program (October 2011) towards developing the most highly-qualified, capable and flexible Federal workforce.
• We changed the Department’s Senior Executive Service (SES) performance plans to emphasize “leadership” accountability (October 2012).
• We initiated an Integrated Management System (IMS) intended to improve consistency in our processes and mission execution with quality output (October 2011).  
• We initiated actions (October 2011) to improve DOE’s efforts in the area of         Diversity and Inclusion.   
• We initiated dialog on how best to achieve a “Performance-based culture”, conducting a Town Hall meeting (April 2012), followed by execution of necessary actions.
• We established an Ombudsman position (March 2012), and the Ombudsman is achieving positive results as a resource for employees and groups to address leadership and management concerns. 
• Morale and productivity of the Department improved as expressed by employees, whereby the annual Employee Viewpoint Survey indicated that the Department achieved 80% “more positive” employee viewpoints in 2012 relative to 2011.

The following employees received Secretary Appreciation Awards on January 16, 2013 in recognition of their excellence in Management and Operations:

• Matt Dunne, Rob Bectel, Doug Kaempf and Tim Meeks (Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy), helped streamline EERE operations to create a more efficient and focused organization.
• George Waldmann, Letitia Lawson, Rachel Blazucki, Kimberly Chappell, Christopher Morrison, Matt Swanson, and Donna Friend (Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer), designed and deployed a comprehensive website that provides updated, detailed information for DOE job seekers while improving transparency and cost saving efficiencies.
• Sharon Pollock, David Broach, Lorrenda Buckner, Ina Shaw (Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer) and Benjamin Whitney and Robert Regan (Office of the Chief Financial Officer) teamed up to create a secure electronic system to house important personnel information – providing greater visibility and accountability throughout the performance management process.
• Steve Neilson (Office of Science, Thomas Jefferson Site Office) worked with Thomas Jefferson Site Office personnel to strengthen employee and contractor awareness of important safety construction issues at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and across other Department sites and offices.
• D. Michael Roberts (Kansas City Field Office, National Nuclear Security Administration) worked with local Kansas City officials to construct a 1.5 million sq. ft. LEED-certified facility on time and within budget.
• Scott Applonie, Matt Smith, Brent Stacey, Denise Stephens, Hortense Nelson and Roland Smith (Idaho National Laboratory) deployed Google Apps for Government as the lab’s official messaging system for about 4,000 employees.  This cloud-based solution is helping advance a collaborative work environment while also capturing cost savings.
• Bryan Long (Office of the Chief Information Officer) brought together IT resources from federal, state and local organizations to assist state and local officials in their efforts to restore power and secure gasoline supplies disrupted by Hurricane Sandy. Long also worked closely with FEMA and Google’s Crisis Mapping team to make sure authorities in New York and New Jersey were responding quickly and effectively.
• Beverly Harness (Office of Science, Oak Ridge Office) fostered a collaborative, performance-based culture across her team to meet agency goals and complete critical procurement actions on time.

Congratulations to all awardees, and many thanks to each of you within DOE for your service. Please continue to share with us the examples of “real employees, real results”. You can share them with us via this feedback page.

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