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NNSA Announces Mark Holecek as the new Kansas City Site Office Manager

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the selection of Mark Holecek as the new Kansas City Site Office Manager.

Mark Holecek photoIn his new position, Holecek will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Kansas City Plant (KCP) Contract which includes operations in Kansas City, Mo.; Albuquerque and Los Alamos, N.M.; and Ft. Chaffee, Ark.

“It is my pleasure to congratulate Mark as he begins his tenure as the new manager of the Kansas City Site Office,” said Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, “Mark’s commitment to NNSA’s mission will ensure that the Kansas City Plant will continue to provide high-tech production services across the nuclear security enterprise.”

Holecek is currently the Deputy Manager for the Office of Stockpile Management at the NNSA Kansas City Site Office. In this position, Holecek has day-to-day responsibility for administering the mission aspects of the contract with Honeywell Corporation at the Kansas City Plant. He recently served as the prime leadership champion for the Kansas City Responsive Infrastructure Manufacturing and Sourcing (KCRIMS) project. This project will relocate the KCP to a new state-of-the-art facility, significantly reduce the size of the current facility, and reduce operating costs by more than $100 million per year. In 2008, he served for a year on the NNSA Acquisition Strategy Team developing an acquisition strategy for NNSA plant contracts. Prior to that, he worked on a team to develop the NNSA Strategic Framework.

Holecek started his government career as an intern with the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He later transferred to the Kansas City Site Office in 1994 to take a position as a quality engineer. Since then, he has served in numerous roles at the Site Office, including Weapons Program Engineer, Quality Engineering Team Lead, and Assistant Site Manager.

Holecek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated in 1992. In 1996, he earned a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Alicia, and their two children, Morgan and Matthew.

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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.