Deputy Secretary Tapped to Head 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 named the acting head of the agency’s office responsible for nuclear research and waste.

McGinnis is the Energy Department’s acting 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. He will serve in the acting role until the White House nominates and the Senate confirms someone to fill the role. Separately, McGinnis was appointed to the role of principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Nuclear Energy, the No. 2 leader in the office, which 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.

Raymond Furstenau, who had been acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary, is now the associate principal deputy assistant secretary, the No. 3 position in the office.

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