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Our employees work diligently to prioritize and fund projects based on their risks and financial impacts.

Our employees work diligently to prioritize and fund projects based on their risks and financial impacts.

Employees in our Planning and Execution Division perform the planning, execution, and financial management functions for capital projects and operational activities. This division works to ensure that Oak Ridge’s EM program delivers projects on schedule, within budget, and are fully capable of meeting mission performance and environmental, safety, and health standards.

Specifically, employees in the Project Management Branch of this division help develop acquisition plans, project execution plans, risk management plans and integrated project team charters, and they manage project risks and provide input on prime contractor performance. Additionally, they prepare technical/costs evaluations, and they help with reporting at monthly and quarterly project reviews.

Personnel perform their responsibilities through integrated project teams that are under the direction of our three portfolio federal project directors. Staff establish and lead these teams for specific projects and programs. Additionally, these employees manage EM’s capital and operating projects through the planning, execution, and close-out phases to ensure projects are completed safely, and within scope, schedule and cost thresholds. 

Staff ensure projects are aligned with EM program objectives. This includes reviewing scope statements, cost estimates, schedules, and recommends approval to the contracting officer. They also lead preparation for project critical decision documents and coordinate scheduling for the design, construction, and close-out phases. Equally important, employees oversee the approval of significant regulatory milestones. Additionally, the division ensures government and contractor-executed projects are completed in compliance with DOE directives and safety regulations.

Meanwhile, employees in the Planning and Baseline Management Branch of this division integrate and coordinate planning and budget support for the Oak Ridge Office of EM. As stewards of taxpayer dollars, the division acts as an honest broker to reduce the life-cycle costs of projects and accelerate the cleanup of environmental legacies in a safe and compliant manner.

The division works very closely with the Department of Energy’s headquarters, local contractors, federal project directors, regulators, and the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (SSAB) to plan, fund, and measure the performance of the Oak Ridge Office of EM. Planning future work requires balancing and prioritizing risks within available funding to perform cleanup across Oak Ridge’s three diverse cleanup sites.  Additionally, Oak Ridge’s Office of EM reaches out to the regulators, the SSAB, and local residents and stakeholders as valued customers for their input on building budget requests.