Jeff Underwood

Senior Innovations Advisor


Mr. Underwood is the Senior Innovations Advisor to the Office of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations (NA-50) on innovation, technical, engineering, and real property matters.  He is responsible for identification and development of innovative ideas across the NA-50 portfolio, with a focus on attaining a modern rate of return on NNSA’s data investment.    As the NA-50 Quality Assurance Officer he oversees execution of NA-50’s ISO-9001based quality assurance plan.

Mr. Underwood has over 49 years of federal service, including 26 years of experience in NNSA facility management, ES&H, nuclear safety, project management, and weapons program management, supporting and working closely with all NNSA sites; he has been responsible at the Headquarters level for production planning, weapon system development, facility maintenance, decommissioning and demolition of facilities, project planning and requirements definition, planning, programming, budgeting and execution, performance metric development, and evaluation of contractor activities. He has represented DOE on the staff of the Nuclear Weapons Council, an interagency body chartered by statute to provide high level guidance to the nuclear weapons program.  He has completed developmental assignments as Manager, Kansas City Site Office, and Deputy Manager, Y12 Site Office.

He rebuilt the NNSA Real Estate Team from one contracting officer to a full staff and worked with the Office of Management and Budget to obtain approval of alternative financed projects.  He initiated NNSA’s use of the US Army Corps of Engineers BUILDER Sustainment Management system (recognized by the Secretary of Energy as a best practice and recommended by the National Academy of Science) and represented NNSA on a team developing DOE’s real property policies and requirements.  He led NNSA’s reinvention and implementation of the Mission Dependency Index, a quantification of the risk accepted by relying on specific assets for mission completion.  Current areas of interest include data transparency/availability, state of the art analytics (including machine learning), blockchain, and development of use cases that capture the intellectual processes federal staff use in program management and oversight.

Mr. Underwood’s military service included nuclear submarines, mutual defense activities with the United Kingdom, procurement administration, nuclear hardness validation of military systems, research and development of underground nuclear effects test beds and studies of deeply buried structure response to nuclear weapons.

Mr. Underwood holds OPM SES certification.  He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Fellows Program.  He holds a Master’s degree (Physics) (Georgia Institute of Technology), a Master’s degree (Business Administration)(Webster University), and a certificate in Enterprise Risk Management (George Washington University.)