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Peter J. O'Konski - Director, Office of Administration

Career Highlights 
  • Director of Facility Policy and Professional Development within the Office of Engineering and Construction Management
  • Chief Engineer at the Navy Public Works Center
  • Head of Facility Planning for the Naval District Washington

Peter O'Konski was appointed Director, Office of Administration at the Department of Energy (DOE) on November 29, 2011.  As Director, he is responsible for logistics and facility operations at the 1.5M square foot Forrestal and Germantown complexes as well as other mission critical headquarters functions including safety and health, printing, media production, graphics and transportation and the International Travel and the Exchange Visitor Programs.  Mr. O'Konski is the Secretary’s Designated Official for Headquarters Emergency Response.

Previously, Mr. O’Konski was Director of Facility Policy and Professional Development within the Office of Engineering and Construction Management.  In this position, he was responsible for development of DOE facility management policy which emphasized maintenance, master planning, and life-cycle cost management of the Department's $100B real property portfolio.  He also led the Department’s Project Management Career Development Program to include policy formulation, Certification Review Board activities, and course development.  During Mr. O'Konski's tenure, the Department was recognized for its leadership in Federal real property accounting and management and became one of the first agencies to earn certification of its project management program by the Federal Acquisition Institute.

Before joining the DOE, Mr. O’Konski was Chief Engineer at the Navy Public Works Center where he was responsible for all design and engineering services for Navy facilities in the Washington Capital area.  Before promotion to Chief Engineer, Mr. O’Konski served as the Utilities Director managing generation, distribution, and delivery of steam and chilled water from eight plants as well as distribution of high voltage electricity and water.  While Utilities Director, he implemented a Most Efficient Organization after successfully leading his Department through a Commercial Activities Study.  Prior to this position, he was the Head of Facility Planning for the Naval District Washington.

Mr. O’Konski has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, a Masters degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University.  Mr. O’Konski is a licensed Professional (mechanical) Engineer (PE) in the State of Maryland, a Certified Facility Manager (CFM), a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Cost Engineer.  He periodically serves as an external independent advisor to the Commissioner, National Parks Service on budgeting and prioritization of Parks Service capital expenditures.