Mission & Functions

Mission

The Deputy Director for Science Programs is responsible for:

  • providing scientific and management oversight of, and direction to, the SC Program Offices;
  • setting SC-specific policy related to the management of SC science programs;
  • ensuring the SC research portfolio is integrated across the SC Program Offices, with other DOE Program Offices, and with other Federal agencies; and
  • ensuring that a direct linkage of the current SC missions exists within SCMS by working with the Deputy Director for Field Operations, who serves as the system owner.

Functions

The Deputy Director for Science Programs

  1. Serves as the principal advisor to the SC Director regarding scientific issues and issues related to the management of the offices reporting to the Deputy Director for Science Programs. Examples include determining the strategic direction, scientific program content, and budget priorities for the SC Program Offices and establishing SC-specific science and scientific program management policies. Also serves as the principal advisor regarding matters relating to the research and development (R&D) programs and scientific/technical manpower of the SC laboratories.
  2. Assists the SC Director in carrying out all aspects of their scientific duties and responsibilities, including formulating SC Program Office budget requests. Also assists in the defense of Program Office budgets through DOE, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Congressional committees.
  3. Provides scientific and management oversight of, and direction to, the SC Program Offices (ASCR, BES, BER, FES, HEP, NP, and WDTS) and the Office of Project Assessment. Appraises the performance of their Directors.
  4. Provides management oversight of SC international program activities. Ensures they are strategically conceived and executed to maximize the benefit to SC, the Department, and the United States.
  5. Establishes SC-specific policies, plans, and procedures related to the management of the SC Program Offices. Examples include execution and utilization of peer reviews, use of performance measures, development and execution of Program Execution Agreements, and the management and employment of Advisory Committees and Committees of Visitors. Establishes consistent policies and procedures when appropriate. Sets expectations for performance in these areas.
  6. Establishes the SC position regarding the impact of proposed or revised legislation, Executive Orders, and DOE policies affecting the research programs funded by the Office of Science. Resolves disputes within SC when necessary.
  7. Establishes priorities for the Program Direction budgets for the offices reporting to the Deputy Director for Science Programs.
  8. Champions SC interests regarding the development of policies, requirements, or initiatives by the Department, other Executive Branch agencies, or the Congress affecting the research programs funded by the Office of Science. Works to resolve disputes at the highest levels of the Department whenever necessary.
  9. Serves as the champion for crosscutting issues and research initiatives that affect more than one SC Program Office reporting to the Deputy Director for Science Programs.
  10. Monitors and assesses the effectiveness of the performance measures used to evaluate the execution of the research programs funded by the Office of Science
  11. Ensures integration of SC Program Office efforts. Also ensures that SC research programs are integrated with the Department’s applied energy, environmental, and defense R&D programs as well as those of other Federal agencies.
  12. Works with the Deputy Director for Field Operations to integrate research program activities with operations-related activities. Ensures SC Associate Directors maintain working relationships with DOE Field Managers sufficient to effectively integrate SC science programs with laboratory operations at national laboratories performing SC-sponsored research.
  13. Represents SC and makes commitments for the Department in discussions and meetings with high-level government and private sector officials. Meetings are typically with members of Congress and representatives of other science funding and policy agencies, including OMB, OSTP, the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, and the National Science and Technology Council.
  14. Provides independent project assessment analysis for existing and new major projects for all SC program offices.
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