The Department of Energy’s Savannah River Operations Office has a new manager.
Michael D. Budney will succeed Jack Craig, who is retiring after 32 years of federal service, including 29 years in leadership positions associated with environmental cleanup activities at the DOE Office of Environmental Management, according to a news release.
Budney, a retired Navy captain with 29 years of service, has 20 years of senior leadership experience and has also worked for the departments of Defense and Energy and in the private sector.
“Mike is a highly respected leader with extensive experience that positions him to lead the Savannah River team,” said James Owendoff, principal deputy assistant secretary for Environmental Management. “I am confident he will maintain the high standards of managing one of the most diverse and complex sites in DOE and continue the tremendous progress underway in Savannah River.”
As the new manager for Savannah River, Budney will lead a workforce of about 11,000 government and contractor personnel, with an annual budget of approximately $2 billion, covering the 310-square mile site near Aiken.
“I am privileged to be chosen to lead Savannah River Site at this important time when the site is achieving real progress in a number of areas, including building on its record of successfully emptying and closing underground waste tanks,” Budney said.
Budney, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served as an officer aboard four submarines and three ships. He spent two years as commanding officer of the USS Emory S. Land, a submarine tender and the lead ship of her class. In that post he commanded 1,200 sailors and directed computer and communications systems, electrical, electronic, mechanical, propulsion plant and nuclear maintenance on submarines and surface ships operating throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
He also served 2½ years as commanding officer of the USS Pennsylvania an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine. The vessel was awarded Battle Efficiency “E” for superior operational performance.
Budney’s final assignment was as deputy director of the Nuclear Command and Control System support staff, performing oversight duties for the commander of U.S. Strategic Command.
Most recently, Budney was director of the Office of Business Operations in the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Among other responsibilities, he led workforce planning, information technology and project management efforts and coordinated support service contract and acquisition activities.
Craig served as Savannah River Site Manager for the past three years. During his tenure the site achieved a number of significant milestones, including achieving operational closure of Tank 16, the eighth underground waste tank to be successfully closed; and completing construction of the Salt Waste Processing Facility, which, once in operation, will significantly increase the site’s ability to treat tank waste.
In 2015, Craig received the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive award, the nation’s highest civil service recognition. In 2009, he was bestowed the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive award.