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Barbara Male

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Environmental Management
Department of Energy
2001-present

DPA, Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California, 1999

MPA, Public Administration, University of Colorado at Denver, 1982

BS, Special/Elementary Education, SUNY Geneseo, 1977

Prior Public Service
Federal Civil Service for past 21 years in
various positions that include:

  • Director of Strategic Planning, National Reconnaissance Office (while with the Air Force and CIA), 1997-2001
  • Program Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1993-1997
  • Deputy Director, Office of Program Control, HQ Department of the Army, 1991-1995
  • Program Manager, Office of the Secretary of Defense, supported the White House Office of Emergency Operations, 1988-1991



Summary of Current Duties
The mission of the Office of Environmental Management (EM) is the accelerated risk reduction and cleanup of the environmental legacy of the nation's nuclear weapons program and government sponsored nuclear energy research. The program is one of the largest and most diverse and technically complex environmental cleanup programs in the world and includes responsibility for the cleanup of 114 sites across the country. My duties are focused on 3 areas: 1) directing the management of acquisition, procurement, and comprehensive contract performance evaluation for our sites; 2) ensuring program accountability through the use of independent performance evaluation that identifies the degree to which a program is its intended objectives in critical areas; and 3) building the human capital strategy and complex-wide workforce planning activities to ensure that the core EM work is accomplished for a 50,000 federal and contract workforce.

Rewards of a Federal Government Career

The government has provided me with extensive opportunities to work across many functions to include resource management, test and evaluation, strategic planning, human resources, and contract management. I entered the government as a Presidential Management Intern and have benefited throughout my career from extensive training and opportunities to learn and develop..

Advice to Students

The federal government can be a tremendous opportunity for exploring multiple career paths while receiving great benefits. I would recommend that any person deciding to pursue federal options understand the need for humility and tenacity, which is needed to ensure you can make a significant difference!!

Favorite Memory of Geneseo
Spring evenings with great friends; my coursework with Dr. DeMott, who afforded his students the opportunity to explore potential areas of career interests by widening our lens through volunteer work.

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