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James Rispoli -- Department of Energy
Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management

James Rispoli was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 29, 2005, as the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management, and was appointed to that position on August 10, 2005. He is responsible for the cleanup of legacy waste and environmental contamination from the nation’s Cold War nuclear weapon production and nuclear-related research activities. The Department’s cleanup program has a current annual budget of more than $6.5 billion with operations occurring in over a dozen states. Prior to his current position, Mr. Rispoli, a licensed professional engineer, held the office of Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Engineering and Construction Management. The Office of Engineering and Construction Management is responsible for management policy, assessment and oversight of the Department’s facilities, infrastructure and capital projects. The value of the Department’s facilities and infrastructure is over $80 billion with a portfolio of 125 capital construction projects which exceeds $38 billion, ranging from one of a kind nuclear facilities and laboratories to standard office buildings and utilities. Mr. Rispoli has served as the Department’s Senior Real Property Officer and was a member of the Federal Energy Management Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Rispoli was Vice President and manager of Dames & Moore’s Pacific area operations and Senior Vice President of Metcalf and Eddy with responsibility for its Hawaii offices. In both firms, he led major engineering and construction projects for private clients, state and federal governmental agencies. In addition, he retired at the rank of captain from the United States Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps holding executive level environmental and construction management positions. A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he is past Director of its Construction Division, and has served in several local section officer positions. He is also a Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers for which he has held several officer positions at the local post level, and served as the national society’s Vice President for Environmental Affairs. Mr. Rispoli is an active member of the Project Management Institute for whom he has served on a number of panels and study efforts. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Additionally, he holds a Master’s degree in business from Central Michigan University.

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