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NNSA Welcomes New Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino today welcomed Kenneth W. Powers back to the NNSA. Powers begins his tenure as NNSA’s new associate administrator for Infrastructure and Environment today. In his new position, Powers will be responsible for managing and integrating NNSA’s facilities management policies and programs, project management systems and environmental management programs.

“Ken’s successful track record as a project manager, his excellent leadership qualities and his extensive understanding of NNSA’s and the Department of Energy’s mission make him an outstanding choice to lead NNSA’s infrastructure and environmental programs,” said Administrator D’Agostino. “I welcome Ken back to NNSA and look forward to him serving as a vital part of our leadership team.”

Powers most recently served as the director of Project Management in the Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management in Las Vegas, Nev. Prior to joining the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management office, Powers held several leadership positions. He served as Deputy Manager of the Nevada Operations Office from 1999 to 2002 and as Deputy Director of the NNSA Service Center from 2002 to 2003.

Powers replaces Thad Konopnicki who retired in November 2009. Since then, NNSA’s Infrastructure and Environment programs have been led by Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Environment Randal Scott, who will continue to serve as Powers’ deputy.

NNSA's missions require an industrial and laboratory infrastructure that is secure and able to meet immediate and long term operational needs. NNSA’s Office of Infrastructure and Environment is responsible for developing and implementing NNSA’s facilities management policies and programs, ensuring strong project management systems, and overseeing NNSA’s environmental management programs.

Powers holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He and his wife Taylor will reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

For more information on NNSA’s infrastructure and environment programs, click here.

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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.