The Administrator shall establish a management structure for the nuclear security enterprise in accordance with the National Nuclear Security Administration Act (50 U.S.C. 2401 et seq.).
(b) National Nuclear Security Administration Council
(1)The Administrator shall establish a council to be known as the “National Nuclear Security Administration Council”. The Council may advise the Administrator on—
(A)scientific and technical issues relating to policy matters;
(D)the development of priorities relating to the mission and operations of the Administration and the nuclear security enterprise; and
(E)such other matters as the Administrator determines appropriate.
(2)The Council shall be composed of the directors of the national security laboratories and the nuclear weapons production facilities.
(3)The Council may provide the Administrator or the Secretary of Energy recommendations for improving the—
(A)governance, management, effectiveness, and efficiency of the Administration; and
(B)any other matter in accordance with paragraph (1).
(4)Not later than 60 days after the date on which any recommendation under paragraph (3) is received, the Administrator or the Secretary, as the case may be, shall respond to the Council with respect to whether such recommendation will be implemented and the reasoning for implementing or not implementing such recommendation.
(1)The Secretary of Energy, in carrying out national security programs, may delegate specific management and planning authority over matters relating to site operation of the facilities and laboratories covered by this section only to the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs. Such Assistant Secretary may redelegate such authority only to managers of area offices of the Department of Energy located at such facilities and laboratories.
(2)Nothing in this section may be construed as affecting the delegation by the Secretary of Energy of authority relating to reporting, management, and oversight of matters relating to the Department of Energy generally, or safety, environment, and health at such facilities and laboratories.
(b) Requirement to consult with area offices
The Assistant Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs, in exercising any delegated authority to oversee management of matters relating to site operation of a facility or laboratory, shall exercise such authority only after direct consultation with the manager of the area office of the Department of Energy located at the facility or laboratory.
(c) Requirement for direct communication from area offices
The Secretary of Energy, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs, shall require the head of each area office of the Department of Energy located at each facility and laboratory covered by this section to report on matters relating to site operation other than those matters set forth in subsection (a)(2) directly to the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs, without obtaining the approval or concurrence of any other official within the Department of Energy.
(d) Defense programs reorganization plan and report
(1)The Secretary of Energy shall develop a plan to reorganize the field activities and management of the national security functions of the Department of Energy.
(2)Not later than January 21, 1997, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the plan developed under paragraph (1). The report shall specifically identify all significant functions performed by the operations offices relating to any of the facilities and laboratories covered by this section and which of those functions could be performed—
(A)by the area offices of the Department of Energy located at the facilities and laboratories covered by this section; or
(B)by the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs.
(3)The report also shall address and make recommendations with respect to other internal streamlining and reorganization initiatives that the Department could pursue with respect to military or national security programs.
(e) Defense Programs Management Council
The Secretary of Energy shall establish a council to be known as the “Defense Programs Management Council”. The Council shall advise the Secretary on policy matters, operational concerns, strategic planning, and development of priorities relating to the national security functions of the Department of Energy. The Council shall be composed of the directors of the facilities and laboratories covered by this section and shall report directly to the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs.
(f) Covered site operations
For purposes of this section, matters relating to site operation of a facility or laboratory include matters relating to personnel, budget, and procurement in national security programs.
(g) Covered facilities and laboratories
This section applies to the following facilities and laboratories of the Department of Energy:
(1)The Kansas City Plant, Kansas City, Missouri.
(2)The Pantex Plant, Amarillo, Texas.
(3)The Y–12 Plant, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
(4)The Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina.
(5)Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico.
(6)Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
(7)Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California.
Section was formerly set out as a note under section
7252 of Title
42, The Public Health and Welfare, prior to renumbering by Pub. L. 108–136.
2003—Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 108–136, § 3141(d)(3)(D), substituted “January 21, 1997,” for “120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act,”.
Transfer of Functions
All national security functions and activities performed immediately before Oct. 5, 1999, by covered facilities listed in subsec. (g) of this section transferred to the Administrator for Nuclear Security of the National Nuclear Security Administration of the Department of Energy, see section
2481 of this title.
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