APWA Executive Director Grayson Meets with DOE and DHS Officials
Recently, APWA Executive Director Scott Grayson met with officials at both the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During his first meeting held on June 19, Director Grayson presented Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Operations Jim McConnell of DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with a plaque recognizing Los Alamos National Laboratory’s achievement earning APWA Accreditation.
The APWA Accreditation program is an extensive process to formally verify and recognize public works agencies for compliance with recommended practices set forth in the ‘Public Works Practices Manual’. Presently, Los Alamos is the only federal laboratory to have achieved this accreditation. The plaque presented to Administrator McConnell reads in part, “By awarding Accreditation, the Association recognizes agencies for their leadership in the field of public works and their dedication to continuous improvement in search of excellence in government service to the public.” Los Alamos is accredited through November 5, 2021.
During a meeting on June 20, with DHS Assistant Secretary John Hill, who leads the Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE), Director Grayson spoke about the need to expand the working relationship between APWA and DHS in the areas of cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, and broadly recognizing public works as a key emergency responder. Further, ways to collaborate on disseminating useful information through various channels on these topics was discussed.
For awareness the OPE is responsible for outreach efforts with critical stakeholders nationwide, including state, local, tribal, territorial governments, the private sector, and colleges and universities. APWA is an active participant in the National Homeland Security Consortium and has also worked with the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection.