D'Agostino stepping down from NNSA administrator post

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The National Nuclear Security Admninistration has confirmed that administrator Thom D’Agostino will be leaving his post Jan. 18.

D’Agostino said NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller will become acting administrator and acting undersecretary for nuclear security.

D’Agostino is leaving after more than 36 yearsof federal service, including the last five and one-half years as the NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, and two years as Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs.

“My wife Beth and I have decided the timing is right for me to leave Federal service,” he said. “This was a difficult decision for me as I am committed to serving our country, committed to the missions of the NNSA, the Environmental Management Organization, the Office of Legacy Management, and I am committed to you in carrying out this mission.  

“However, I have an equally important commitment to my wife and family and I am a strong believer that organizations are healthier when leadership changes on a periodic basis.  The time is right for this change and I will step down from this position on 18 January 2013, at the end of the first term of the Obama Administration.”

Energy Secretary Steven Chu also released a statement.

 “From the reactor room on the U.S.S. Skipjack to the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Tom D’Agostino has proven himself to be a talented leader, a trusted adviser, and a true confidant.  Rising through the ranks of the U.S. Navy and then leading our nuclear security efforts here at the Department of Energy, Tom has devoted 36 years to serving and protecting the American people.  He has done so with a sense of purpose that reminds us all why public service is a noble profession. 

“As Secretary of Energy, I have greatly enjoyed working with Tom over the last four years.  Tom has led NNSA, EM, and LM through a period of unprecedented international attention and complex transition.  From leading a vast acceleration of the Department’s efforts to reduce nuclear dangers at home and abroad, to overseeing our efforts to protect public health and safety by cleaning up the nation’s Cold War nuclear legacy, Tom has earned the title one major news outlet gave him: 'Undersecretary for Saving the World.'”

From February 2006 to August 2007D’Agostino served as the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs and directed the Stockpile Stewardship Program and major elements of the NNSA’s Nuclear Security Enterprise. 

The Nuclear Security Enterprise includes three national research laboratories, four production plants, and the Nevada National Security Site.

The Stockpile Stewardship Program employs more than 25,000 people around the country and encompasses operations associated with manufacturing, maintaining, refurbishing, and dismantling the nuclear weapons stockpile.

Prior to his appointments to the above Presidentially-appointed Senate confirmed positions,  D’Agostino was the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Program Integration where he supported the Deputy Administrator and directed the formulation of the programs, plans, and budget for the Stockpile Stewardship Program. 

 He had also served as the Deputy Director for the Nuclear Weapons Research, Development, and Simulation Program where he directed the formulation of the programs and budget for the research and development program that supports the Stockpile Stewardship Program.   D’Agostino also worked in numerous assignments within the Federal Government including the start-up of the Department's tritium production reactors and at the Naval Sea Systems Command as a program manager for the SEAWOLF submarine propulsion system.