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Walking the Walk: Making DOE Management and Operations More Efficient and Effective

July 2, 2012 - 3:03pm

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Beth Tomasoni was part of a team from the Office of Management that included Richard Leotta and John Harris who improved diversity and inclusion in procurement by ensuring that more than 70% of contract work by dollar amount went to small businesses.

Beth Tomasoni was part of a team from the Office of Management that included Richard Leotta and John Harris who improved diversity and inclusion in procurement by ensuring that more than 70% of contract work by dollar amount went to small businesses.

Whether it’s saving hundreds of thousands of dollars, beating deadlines or sharing information to make our work even more efficient and effective, the employees at the Energy Department are rising to the challenge – committing to excellence in the way we do business and in our service to taxpayers.

To recognize the management and operations achievements of our outstanding employees, the Secretary presents the Secretarial Achievement Awards quarterly.

Winners include:  

  • Beth Tomasoni, Richard Leotta and John Harris from the Office of Management who improved diversity and inclusion in procurement by ensuring that more than 70% of contract work by dollar amount went to small businesses.
  • Donald Burke from the Office of Chief Information Officer who built out DOE’s internal wiki, ensuring that employees had access to useful resources and promoting information sharing across the Department – with more than 100,000 edits and one million page views. 
  • John O’Brien, Leo Selico, III and Allen Rome, Jr. from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve who executed a data management project that reduced the number of software packages used to manage the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, saving a projected $325,000 and improving mission performance.
  • Russell Haffner from the Pacific Northwest Site Office who better aligned roles and responsibilities among Department stakeholders, driving toward a more balanced oversight approach and contributing to a Performance-based culture across DOE.
  • Judy McLemore from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant who led efforts to reduce the DOE’s vehicle fleet by 20 percent, improving sustainability and saving money. Under her leadership, greenhouse gas emissions associated with business travel were reduced by 63 percent and travel costs were reduced by greater than 60 percent. 
  • David Arakawa from the Office of Science who spearheaded the project management of the new $68.5 million Spallation Neutron Source Instruments – Next Generation project at Oak Ridge Lab, completing the project two months ahead of schedule and $263,000 under budget.

Congratulations to all of our awardees for their contributions and for the example they are setting not only for their colleagues at DOE, but for the federal government. They have achieved the excellence we always strive for in our service to the American people.

If you know of other success stories happening around the Department, or if you'd like to suggest other improvement measures, you can share them with us via this feedback page.

Many thanks to all of you for your continued support!

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