50 U.S. Code § 2512 - Management structure for nuclear security enterprise

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(a) In general
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;
(B)operational concerns;
(C)strategic planning;
(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.


(Pub. L. 107–314, div. D, title XLI, § 4102, formerly Pub. L. 104–201, div. C, title XXXI, § 3140,Sept. 23, 1996, 110 Stat. 2833; renumbered Pub. L. 107–314, div. D, title XLI, § 4102, and amended Pub. L. 108–136, div. C, title XXXI, § 3141(d)(3),Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1757; Pub. L. 112–239, div. C, title XXXI, § 3113(a),Jan. 2, 2013, 126 Stat. 2169.)
References in Text

The National Nuclear Security Administration Act, referred to in subsec. (a), is Pub. L. 106–65, div. C, title XXXII, Oct. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 953, which is classified principally to chapter 41 (§ 2401 et seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 2401 of this title and Tables.

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.

2013—Pub. L. 112–239amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to reorganization of field activities and management of national security functions.
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,”.
Clarification of Role of Secretary of Energy

Pub. L. 113–66, div. C, title XXXI, § 3141,Dec. 26, 2013, 127 Stat. 1069, provided that: “The amendment made by section 3113 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112–239; 126 Stat. 2169) to section 4102 of the Atomic Energy Defense Act (50 U.S.C. 2512) may not be construed as affecting the authority of the Secretary of Energy, in carrying out national security programs, with respect to the management, planning, and oversight of the National Nuclear Security Administration or as affecting the delegation by the Secretary of authority to carry out such activities, as set forth under subsection (a) of such section 4102 as it existed before the amendment made by such section 3113.”


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