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EERE Reorganization Gains High Marks

September 22, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Following an 18-month study, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has praised the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and its groundbreaking July 2002 reorganization. NAPA’s report, “Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Reorganizing for Results,” states: “EERE has demonstrated that much can be achieved in a relatively short period of time if top management is committed to doing so. The leadership of the Department of Energy should examine what EERE has accomplished and consider whether a similar approach would benefit the other parts of the Department.” The 2002 reorganization, based on President Bush’s Management Agenda, reduced organizational layers and promoted “best practices” and procedures. Program and project management were strengthened and efforts were more closely connected to achieve maximum efficiency and organizational cohesion. In addition, a Project Management Center was established to integrate administration of EERE’s research projects, so that common business practices could be applied across the board.