WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that James M. Owendoff, who has served as a senior advisor to the assistant secretary in the office of Environmental Management (EM) since January 2010, has been named principal deputy assistant secretary in the office of Environmental Management.
In this role, Owendoff will also serve as the acting assistant secretary for Environmental Management until such time as a presidential nominee is submitted and confirmed by the senate. As one of his first actions, Owendoff plans to initiate a full EM program review to identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness and execution of the nuclear legacy waste cleanup program.
“I am honored to again serve in this leadership role for the office of Environmental Management,” said Owendoff. “Our review will help to focus the department’s cleanup efforts by emphasizing more timely decisions on some of our more complex cleanup challenges. This will go a long way toward putting the program on the path to safely and successfully achieving our cleanup mission sooner and at less cost to taxpayers.”
Publication date: 7/17/2017