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Steve Erhart

Steven C. Erhart, Chief Human Capital Officer 

Mr. Steve Erhart serves as the Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where he oversees all aspects of human capital management for the Department’s workforce of over 13,000 Federal employees. He is responsible for developing and implementing effective human capital policies and programs that enable the agency’s workforce to achieve its missions. Mr. Erhart advises and assists the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Energy, and other agency officials, in recruiting, developing, training, and managing a highly skilled, productive, and diverse workforce in accordance with merit system principles and all applicable statutory requirements.

Mr. Erhart has more than 30 years of project management experience, including the management of high hazard nuclear and nuclear explosive operations for both DOE and the Department of Defense. Mr. Erhart was appointed to stand up the Office of Policy in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in April 2015. In this role, he was responsible for developing policies and strategies for managing and solving national security challenges, and the plans for communicating these policies and strategies internally and externally to NNSA stakeholders. In January 2018, Mr. Erhart was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as the Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of NNSA. 

Mr. Erhart was also the Manager of the NNSA Production Office which is responsible for contract management and oversight of the Pantex Site in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Pantex is responsible for nuclear weapons life extension programs; nuclear weapons dismantlement; the development, testing and fabrication of high explosive components; and the interim storage and surveillance of plutonium pits. Y-12 supports the nuclear security enterprise through uranium processing, manufacturing and storage operations, and nuclear nonproliferation activities, and provides enriched uranium feedstock for the U.S. Navy. 

Among Mr. Erhart’s accomplishments is the formation of the NNSA Production Office and the NNSA Office of Policy and implementation of the Stockpile Stewardship of the 21st century (SS-21) safety improvements on all weapons programs at Pantex. Mr. Erhart also previously served as the Deputy Director of the Weapons Surety Division, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and managed several nuclear weapons programs. Prior to joining DOE, he served as Shift Test Engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard with the Department of Defense and directed the overhaul and refueling of nuclear submarines.

Mr. Erhart is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Erhart is a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Presidential Rank Award.