The two Department of Energy offices overseeing Hanford environmental cleanup have completed a joint reorganization to improve efficiency.
The changes to the Office of River Protection and Richland Operations Office were proposed in late 2011 but just approved by DOE officials in Washington, D.C.
At the Office of River Protection, the environmental safety and quality organization and the engineering and nuclear safety organizations have merged. They now are in the organization responsible for technical and regulatory support under the leadership of Assistant Manager Paul Harrington.
The employees in the Engineering Services Division have been transferred and now will be under Tom Fletcher, assistant manager for the tank farms.
"This new organization combines important nuclear safety, environmental and regulatory activities, and enables greater efficiency and use of key personnel and subject matter experts," DOE leaders said in a memo to employees.
The Office of River Protection has moved its communications division under the Office of Chief of Staff led by Erik Olds.
The Office of River Protection also transferred six employees doing financial management to the DOE Richland Operations Office, where the Office of Assistant Manager for Business and Financial Operations led by Greg Jones now has two divisions. They are the Finance Division and a new Budget Division.
The move is intended to improve resource sharing and consistency of financial management operations between the Office of River Protection and the Richland Operations Office, according to the memo.
At the Richland Operations Office, the river corridor and central Hanford offices have been combined under Assistant Manager Jonathan Dowell, eliminating an assistant manager position.