The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has posted updated reports highlighting the agency's strategy to manage and protect the country's nuclear stockpile. The "Fiscal Year 2019 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan" report features information on programs aiming to extend the lifespan of warheads, the DOE said Thursday.Read More »
The Energy Department's office of inspector general has recommended strategies to secure DOE information systems and data after identifying vulnerabilities during to a fiscal 2018 evaluation of its unclassified cybersecurity program.Read More »
The Department of Energy is investing $53M to fund 53 early-stage solar technology projects with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. Selected participants will work within the areas of photovoltaics and concentrating solar-thermal power, aiming to develop technologies that support a growing workforce for renewable energy, the DOE said Tuesday.Read More »
Max Everett, chief information officer of the Energy Department, has said that preparing a business case for a Technology Modernization Fund proposal has changed the way his agency approaches information technology programs. The DOE in June received $15M in funding from the TMF Board for an email cloud migration project. Part of the requirements of the project proposal was a business case analysis, MeriTalk reported Monday.Read More »
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has selected four universities to operate new centers of excellence under a shared allotment of $40.5M. These new centers will work to foster collaboration between the NNSA and academia under the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances program, the DOE said Monday.Read More »
The Energy Department has issued a new policy framework regulating cooperation between the U.S. and China concerning the sharing of civilian nuclear technology. The DoE said on Thursday that the new framework was developed due to concerns that China may be attempting to acquire nuclear technology from U.S. companies in such a manner that is, in the words of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, “outside of established processes of U.S.-China civil nuclear cooperation.”Read More »
Charles Verdon, former principal associate director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been sworn in as deputy administrator for defense programs at the Department of Energy‘s National Nuclear Security Administration. In his new role, he will lead the security agency's efforts to deter modern nuclear threats facing the country and manage nuclear stockpiles in collaboration with the Defense Department, the DOE said Tuesday.Read More »
President Donald Trump intends to nominate Rita Baranwal, director of the Energy Department's Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear initiative, as assistant secretary for nuclear energy. Baranwal previously led research and development of nuclear fuel components for naval reactors at Bechtel Bettis, the White House said Wednesday.Read More »
DHS, DOE Launch Collaborative Effort to Secure Pipelines, Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Threats
The departments of Homeland Security and Energy have announced in a meeting with the Oil and Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council the launch of a program that aims to protect pipelines and other critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
Chrisopher Krebs, undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, said Wednesday that the collaborative effort between NPPD, the Transportation Security Administration and DOE will provide a better understanding of the threat landscape and plan more targeted and prioritized risk management activities.