Field Operations is led by Deputy Director Joseph McBrearty and consists of three major elements - Site Offices, a Support Center, and Headquarters Policy Offices.
Site Offices are accountable for overseeing the entire operations of each laboratory, which entails monitoring the performance of the Contractor and ensuring compliance with contractual obligations. This encompasses a wide spectrum of oversight responsibilities in areas such as business systems, safety, security, infrastructure, and project management. Beyond providing oversight and quality assurance at our national laboratories, Site Offices are responsible for the facilities infrastructure in which research is conducted and for managing the transaction process that provides program-approved funding to the appropriate Contractors and individual researchers. Site Offices monitor major construction projects and play a regulatory role for all nuclear activities at their respective laboratories.
The Integrated Support Center (ISC) consists of two offices, SC-Chicago and SC-Oak Ridge, which act as a single entity designed to support the Site Offices. The ISC provides services to each Site Office by providing expertise and addressing needs in the field that cannot be met with the limited resources of the Site Offices. Services are provided in areas such as safety and health, human resources, and procurement, along with legal and financial services to SC as well as other DOE program offices, and as appropriate, other Federal agencies.
The Field Operations organization also includes two policy offices located at Headquarters. The Office of Laboratory Policy and Evaluation coordinates and develops policies pertaining to all ten Office of Science Laboratories, and manages the competition and performance evaluation of laboratory management and operating contracts. The Office of Safety, Security, and Infrastructure fosters safe and responsible operations at each laboratory and ensures each has the sustainable infrastructure required to ensure ongoing world leadership in basic scientific research.