DOE promotes best practices, seeks more ideas

The Department of Energy has published its first compilation of Strategic Best Practices from across the department and the national laboratory sstem.

The report by DOE’s Office of Enterprise Assessments, available on DOE’s PowerPedia site, highlights 19 examples of work that’s being done well, with the expectation that the practices will be adapted for use throughout DOE and the labs.

“In the past, focusing on failures and vulnerabilities within DOE was common,” the report states. “Secretary Moniz’s recent direction for Enterprise Assessments to capture strategic-level Best Practices marks a fresh alternative to examine what is being done well, by whom, across the enterprise.”

Topics range from attracting talent to reducing infrastructure risk to modernizing business systems. The examples resulted from extensive research by EA staff. An “Executive Perspective” document summarizes each practice on a single page that outlines benefits, requirements, implementation actions, and contact information for lab staff who can explain their best practice in detail.

Work on the next set of best practices is under way, and lab staff are encouraged to recommend examples that would be of interest across the lab system.

“This report represents the beginning,” Secretary Moniz said in letters thanking participants. “I would like to institutionalize proven Strategic Best Practices and the process to collect and promote them, and have your good work be a catalyst for ongoing improvement within DOE.”