Obama Taps His ‘WMD Czar’ to Move Over to Energy Department


July 9, 2014, 10:14 a.m.

The White House on Tues­day said it was tap­ping its cur­rent “WMD czar” for a job at the En­ergy De­part­ment over­see­ing nuc­le­ar weapon pro­grams.

The Sen­ate has to ap­prove the nom­in­a­tion of Eliza­beth Sher­wood-Ran­dall to be­come the deputy sec­ret­ary of the En­ergy De­part­ment, the New York Times re­ports. She is in­ten­ded to re­place Daniel Pone­man as the de­part­ment’s second-rank­ing of­fi­cial.

If ap­proved for the job, Sher­wood-Ran­dall’s port­fo­lio will in­clude man­aging key Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­grams to up­date aging fis­sile ma­ter­i­al-pro­duc­tion cap­ab­il­it­ies and to re­fur­bish old atom­ic arms.

Since 2013, she has worked at the White House as the co­ordin­at­or for de­fense policy, coun­ter­ing weapons of mass de­struc­tion, and arms con­trol. No re­place­ment has yet been named for Sher­wood-Ran­dall on the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Coun­cil.

Mean­while, the Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced it had se­lec­ted seni­or de­fense pro­grams of­fi­cial Tim Driscoll to fill a newly cre­ated po­s­i­tion of urani­um pro­gram man­ager, the Knoxville News Sen­tinel re­por­ted.

Driscoll’s ap­point­ment is un­der­stood to fol­low a re­com­mend­a­tion from an in­de­pend­ent “red team” on op­tions for over­haul­ing urani­um-pro­cessing fa­cil­it­ies at the Y-12 Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Com­plex in Ten­ness­ee.

In his new role, Driscoll will be “re­spons­ible for over­see­ing all pro­gram ele­ments for main­tain­ing NNSA’s urani­um man­u­fac­tur­ing cap­ab­il­it­ies in sup­port of mis­sion re­quire­ments,” says an an­nounce­ment from NNSA Ad­min­is­trat­or Frank Klotz.

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