The National Nuclear Security Administration is about to lose its top technologist.
Travis Howerton, NNSA chief technology officer, plans to accept a job at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will be working closely with its chief information officer, Michael Bartell, FedScoop has learned.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Howerton’s decision to accept this new role is based on a number of factors, including his interest in pursuing startup opportunities as well as increased flexibility in his family life.
Howerton’s new role will be to support the Information Technology Services Division at ORNL, which is based in Tennessee where he lives. As the largest multiprogram science and energy laboratory within the Energy Department, ORNL has an annual budget of more than $1.65 billion.
Howerton has served as NNSA CTO since January 2011 and as program manager for NNSA’s IT modernization strategy better known as the RightPath program. Since 2008, Howerton has also been CEO and chairman of the board of Innovalysis Corporation, a software company.