NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative Receives 2010 Distinguished Project Award from PMI

Press Release
Jan 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today received the 2010 Distinguished Project Award from the Project Management Institute (PMI). NNSA was recognized for excellence in project management for developing G2, a state-of-the-art project management information system developed to manage NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). PMI, the world’s leading professional membership organization for project managers, presented the award to NNSA today at a ceremony at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“I am extremely proud that NNSA has been recognized by the world’s experts in project management for the excellent work being carried out by our very talented staff to implement the President’s nuclear security agenda,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “As we work in more than 100 countries to keep the American people safe and enhance global security, we are committed to ensuring we have high effective project management practices in place and that we are good stewards of taxpayer money.”

NNSA established GTRI in 2004 to consolidate efforts to prevent the acquisition of nuclear and radiological materials for use in weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and other acts of terrorism. In April 2009, President Obama announced his intention to lead a global campaign to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years, placing renewed emphasis on NNSA and its Global Threat Reduction Initiative.

In addition to dramatically accelerating GTRI’s work, the increased Presidential leadership was followed by significant increases in the program’s budget. The President’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget request sought $558.8 million for GTRI, an increase of more than 67 percent from the previous year.

With increased resources, a dramatically accelerated work load, and a global organizational structure, NNSA recognized the need for an integrated suite of program management tools to successfully manage and carry out its mission.  To address these complex challenges, NNSA developed a new project management information system called G2.

The goal of the G2 project is to incorporate all the project management tools into a single, comprehensive, and agile IT platform. For the first time, G2 allows NNSA project managers to quickly and effectively filter and analyze large amounts of real time, geo-spatial linked information and integrate that data with scope, schedule, cost and infrastructure information for the entire portfolio of GTRI projects. As a result of G2, NNSA was able to increase the scale of its work and manage large increases in resources committed to GTRI without having to hire additional staff.

“NNSA is a model for organizations that value project management as a discipline that increases success rates, creates efficiencies and aligns with demanding strategic requirements,” said Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI. “Few organizational missions demand excellent project execution more than the NNSA G2 project. It is extremely deserving of a 2010 PMI Distinguished Project Award.”

See below for a video presentation on G2 and the important role it has played in NNSA’s threat reduction efforts:





This is the second time in 2010 that PMI recognized a major NNSA program for excellence in project management. In October 2010, PMI awarded NNSA’s National Ignition Facility the prestigious Project of the Year Award, citing groundbreaking technical achievement and exemplary management.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than half a million practitioners in more than 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities, and academic research. When organizations invest in project management, supported by PMI, executives have confidence their important initiatives deliver expected results, greater business value and competitive advantage. Learn more at www.pmi.org.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.