Mark Whitney, manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management for the U.S. Department of Energy, has accepted a new job as a principal deputy assistant secretary in Washington, D.C.
The official start date for the new position is May 18. Whitney, who has led cleanup work at the three federal sites in Oak Ridge, will be principal deputy assistant secretary for DOE’s Office of Environmental Management. The change was announced Thursday by Acting Assistant Secretary Dave Huizenga.
Whitney’s appointment as assistant manager for environmental management in Oak Ridge was announced about two years ago.
Whitney had previously served as the acting principal assistant deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration, a separate agency within DOE.
Huizenga said Whitney joined the Department of Energy in 2005 as part of the department’s Senior Executive Service after having already had a very successful career in the private sector.
“In his leadership roles at the department, Mark has shown an exceptional ability to develop high-performing organizations and teams,” Huizenga said. “Mark’s experience leading field operations coupled with his deep understanding of headquarters operations make him an ideal selection for the EM (environmental management) principal deputy assistant secretary. Once I transition back to National Nuclear Security Administration, Mark will lead the EM organization until Monica Regalbuto is confirmed as the EM assistant secretary.”
Sue Cange, who has previously served as acting Oak Ridge Office assistant manager for EM, will be acting manager when Whitney leaves the Oak Ridge Office, and the job will be posted competitively, said Mike Koentop, executive officer of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.
Huizenga said Jim Owendoff has been acting principal deputy assistant secretary and EM senior adviser.
“The depth and breadth of Jim’s knowledge, coupled with his ever willingness to serve where needed, has been and will continue to be invaluable as EM’s senior advisor,” Huizenga said.
He said Jack Craig will remain the acting associate principal deputy assistant secretary.
“EM is a strong organization with seasoned leaders in the field and at headquarters,” Huizenga said.