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NNSA Hosts Inaugural Executive Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) convened more than 120 senior Federal leaders for a first of its kind Executive Summit aimed at identifying best practices, learning leadership techniques and discussing the future of management across the nuclear security enterprise.

“NNSA has existed and grown as an agency for 10 years, but this is the first time we’ve been able to bring all of our Federal executives together in one place to talk about the governance of government and the way we do business,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “It’s important as we pursue our core missions to make sure we’re aware of our challenges, constantly formulating solutions and, most importantly, talking to and learning from each other.”

The two-day event, held last Thursday and Friday at a hotel in Northern Virginia, was divided into three main parts. The first featured presentations from Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman and senior staff from Capitol Hill.

NNSA’s Federal executives also heard from national experts on leadership including world renowned author Ken Blanchard; Clint Sidle, Director of the Park Leadership Fellows Program at Cornell University and Bob Tobias, Director of the Institute for Public Policy at American University. The Summit also featured presentations and panel discussions led by NNSA senior executives and breakout sessions focused on sharing ideas and overcoming challenges.

NNSA’s Executive Corps is comprised of 109 members of the Senior Executive Service and 57 Excepted Service Pay Band V employees from across NNSA’s nuclear security enterprise. As the leaders of the federal civilian workforce, senior executives strive each day to create a more citizen-centered, result-oriented federal government.

Ideas and results from the Executive Summit will be compiled into a report for Administrator D’Agostino and implemented in the following months. NNSA plans to host an Executive Summit each year to ensure continued collaboration.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the 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 U.S. and abroad.