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Continuing Management Reform

NNSA is responsible for the management and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation, and naval reactor programs. It also responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad. Additionally, NNSA federal agents provide safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons and components and special nuclear materials along with other missions supporting the national security.

NNSA recognizes that increased resources require an increased focus on being an effective steward of taxpayer dollars.

NNSA continues to promote proactive, sound management reforms that save money, improve the way we do business and make us more efficient:

  • The Enterprise Reengineering Team formed in April 2009 already has recommended steps for improving management and oversight across NNSA
  • NNSA’s Zero-Based Security Review will lead to efficiencies in our security program, helping drive down costs while sustaining core physical security capabilities at our sites
  • The Supply Chain Management Center is saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars -- $130 million since 2007


The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has distributed more than $418 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2009. In addition, NNSA surpassed its departmental small business goal by over 15 percent in that same fiscal year.

To highlight the success of its small business program, NNSA also launched a new “NNSA Small Business Week” feature on its website. In addition to releasing a new NNSA Fact Sheet on our investment in small businesses across the nuclear security enterprise, each day this week the NNSA website will feature a different “Small Business of the Day.”

“In addition to employing thousands of people across the country, small business contracting plays an important role in ensuring NNSA can pursue our core missions and maintain our commitment to effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “Small businesses are not just a key element in meeting our nuclear stewardship mission, they are a vital component to the economic recovery of our nation.”

The Obama administration has made expanding opportunities for small businesses to compete for federal contracts a top priority. Over the last 15 years, small businesses have created 64 percent of the new private sector jobs, and small businesses employ half of the nation's private sector workforce.

The benefits of using small business companies include making more efficient use of taxpayer dollars, reducing overhead operating costs, and providing an opportunity for small businesses to gain exposure within the nuclear security enterprise, which spans eight major sites across the nation. Federal contracts provide a significant opportunity for small businesses to increase their volume and take their business to the next level.