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J. E. "Jack" Surash, P.E. - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition & Project Management for Environmental Management

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Mr. J. E. “Jack” Surash is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Acquisition and Project Management.  He is responsible for developing and implementing site and project specific acquisition and contract strategies, and for overseeing placement and execution of all Office of Environmental Management (EM) contracts in the Field.  He is also the EM Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) and is responsible for effective and efficient operation of the procurement and assistance functions within EM, and compliance with pertinent statutes, regulation, and Department of Energy (DOE) policy as necessary to achieve the mission, goals, and objectives of the Department.  In addition, Jack also oversees the evaluation of construction and capital asset project performance progress, provides project management assistance for construction and capital asset projects and support for all DOE EM Field locations, and is charged with managing the close-out of the EM American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program.

Jack joined the Department of Energy as a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2005 as Director, Office of Infrastructure and Facilities Management at the National Nuclear Security Administration.  Mr. Surash has been with EM since 2006.  A native of Charlotte, North Carolina and raised in Rochester, New York, he has served the nation in key positions around the world. 

Previously, Jack was Business Development Manager for Johnson Controls Inc., a Fortune 100 company; and Chief Business Officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the 4th largest K-12 public school district in the U.S., where he was responsible for facilities planning, design and construction, maintenance, food service, and school bus transportation. 

During a twenty-seven year distinguished Navy career, Jack served in a broad range of increasingly responsible facilities management, design, construction, contracting, and “Seabee” (Construction Battalion) assignments around the world.  He commanded Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven and Navy Public Works Center San Diego.  Jack retired at the rank of Captain from the United States Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps in 2003.

Under his leadership, Navy Public Works Center San Diego received the California Eureka Award for Performance Excellence, Vice President Gore’s Hammer Award, and the President’s Quality Award for Quality Improvement (Malcolm Baldrige criteria).  For actions during the 2000 California electricity crisis, his Navy Region Southwest Regional Energy Team received a Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, and numerous other recognitions including an Energy Leadership Award from the San Diego Regional Energy Office and an Excellence in Energy Award from the San Diego Business Journal.  In addition, Jack was presented the Department of Energy’s Louis R. Harris Award for establishing one of the Federal Government's first resource efficiency management programs.  In 2011, Jack received the Federal Executive Small Business Advocate Award from the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, and also the U.S. Department of Energy Fiscal Year 2010 Secretarial Small Business Award.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management.  He is a registered professional engineer.