Deputy Secretary Tapped for No. 2 in Nuclear Energy Office

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By Rebecca Kern

Edward McGinnis, who oversaw the Energy Department’s international civilian nuclear energy policy, has been appointed to the No. 2 role in the agency’s office responsible for nuclear research and waste.

McGinnis is the Energy Department’s principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Nuclear Energy, effective immediately, Sarah Habansky, the agency’s deputy director of public affairs, told Bloomberg BNA May 30. The role does not require Senate confirmation.

The Office of Nuclear Energy is primarily responsible for nuclear energy systems research, maintaining the government’s nuclear energy research infrastructure and addressing nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high-level nuclear waste management programs.

McGinnis has worked as the Energy Department’s deputy assistant secretary for international nuclear energy policy and cooperation since 2007. In the role he has worked on international nuclear energy research, development and demonstration cooperation, multilateral nuclear energy cooperation, international nuclear energy policy, international nuclear safety cooperation, and advocacy for U.S. civil nuclear exports.

He previously worked in the Energy Department’s Office of Global Material Security, formerly the Office of Global Radiological Threat Reduction, where he was responsible for the search, recovery, security and disposal of high-risk radiological and nuclear sources in cooperation with more than 40 countries.

Until now, Raymond Furstenau, the Office of Nuclear Energy’s acting assistant secretary, has been filling the role as principal assistant secretary as well.

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