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NNSA Recognized for Project Management Excellence
Apr 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been recognized by the Department of Energy for project management excellence for three projects this year.  NNSA's National Ignition Facility (NIF), Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) project, and B-3 building projects were each singled out by the Secretary of Energy as examples of successful management of taxpayer dollars and national security needs.

"I am extremely proud of what our teams accomplish every day and these three projects definitely stand out as prime examples of project management excellence," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino.  "As we move the nuclear security enterprise into the 21st century, Congress and the public need to know that NNSA is spending taxpayer dollars wisely, and meeting its national security mission.  One of my priorities as administrator is to promote project management best practices throughout NNSA."

NIF, located at NNSA's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is expected to allow scientists to achieve fusion ignition in the laboratory, enhancing national security while potentially helping break America's dependence on foreign oil and leading to new breakthroughs in the worlds of astrophysics, materials science and many other scientific disciplines.  Scott Samuelson, NIF's project director, received the Department of Energy Federal Project Director of the Year Award.  Despite the many challenges to building such a unique facility, NIF construction was recently completed within budget.

The MESA project, located at NNSA's Sandia National Laboratories, received the Secretary of Energy's Excellence Award for demonstrating exceptional results in completing the $518.5 million project under budget and ahead of schedule.  The MESA facility is used for the design, integration, prototyping, and qualification of microsystems into weapon components, subsystems, and systems within the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. The integrated project team completed the work $50 million dollars under the original approved budget and three years ahead of schedule.

The B-3 building project, located at NNSA's North Las Vegas facility, also received the Secretary of Energy's Excellence Award for the remediation, restoration, and upgrade of a twenty-five year old, 78,000 square foot office building.  The completely renovated building provides office space for nearly 400 employees and was brought in on schedule and more than ten percent under budget.  The building has achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of "Silver" from the U. S. Green Building Counsel.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad.

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